The Five Greatest Minnesota Timberwolves to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
The Five Top All-Stars in Minnesota Timberwolves History
The Minnesota Timberwolves are celebrating their 25th season as an NBA franchise this year, but outside of a stretch of playoff berths in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that ended with a run to the Western Conference Finals in 2004 most of the 24 previous seasons have been not been successful by any measure.
That’s not to say Timberwolves’ players haven’t had some success during All-Star Weekend. Guard Isaiah “J.R.” Rider won the Slam Dunk contest in 1994, when the festivities took place at Target Center, and that performance would stand out as the highlight of his troubled career. Kevin Garnett was named MVP of the All-Star Game in 2003, and more recently Kevin Love will be taking part in the Three-Point Contest again this year after winning the event in 2012.
Former Timberwolves’ coach and current front office executive Flip Saunders coached the Western Conference All-Stars in 2004, but only five players in the franchise’s history have earned an All-Star selection to this point. To put it bluntly not many Timberwolves players have even been close to All-Star worthy throughout their history, so it’s not too surprising only a select few have made an All-Star game appearance during their time with the team.
Coming up with the top five players in Timberwolves’ history to play in the NBA All-Star game is very convenient and too easy, and it’s only a matter of putting them in the proper order. A couple of the Timberwolves’ All-Stars will be obvious to fans, but who are the others? More importantly, how have I ranked them?
5. Wally Szczerbiak
Szczerbiak was named a Western Conference reserve in 2002, and he proceeded to have one of his worst games of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers (three points, 1-for-6 from the floor) on the day the announcement was made.
4. Tom Gugliotta
Gugliotta joined Garnett as the Timberwolves’ first All-Stars in 1997, and he wound up averaging a career-high 20.6 points per game that season.
3. Sam Cassell
His first season with the Timberwolves (2003-2004) was one of the best of Cassell’s career, and he earned his lone All-Star nod as a Western Conference reserve in 2004.
2. Kevin Love
A late surge in voting earned Love earning his first All-Star starting nod this year, which will be the third All-Star selection of his career. He was fourth in the league in scoring (25.7 points per game) and second in rebounding (13.3 per game) entering Tuesday’s action.
1. Kevin Garnett
Garnett played in 10 straight All-Star games during his time with the Timberwolves, and he holds several franchise records. There’s no argument over who the best player in franchise history is.