Minnesota Timberwolves History
The Timberwolves’ were first started as an expansion franchise in 1989, three decades after the Lakers left town for Los Angeles. The team struggled, as do most expansion franchises, until they drafted forward Kevin Garnett. KG was drafted in 1995 and the Timberwolves made the playoffs the next year for the first time. With Garnett the team went to the playoffs eight straight years, however the team lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the first seven years. In 2004 the Timberwolves made it to the Conference Finals before being eliminated, marking the farthest the franchise has even been in the playoffs. This playoff run was ruined by off the court issues, which forced the franchise to start rebuilding. This process included the trading of Garnett to the Celtics for a pack of players, picks, and cash considerations. The Timberwolves have suffered a long drought of poor seasons without making the playoffs, as they have not been there since 2005. The acquisition of forward Kevin Love vastly improved the team as he broke several franchise records previously help by Garnett. In 2011 Love set the NBA record for most consecutive double doubles at 53 and should continue to make NBA history.
Minnesota Timberwolves Ownership
Glen Taylor purchased the Timberwolves’ franchise in 1994, saving the team from moving, most likely to New Orleans. Taylor’s teams had decent success during his first years, however that success dried up and most recent teams have not played so well. Despite some poor seasons the franchise is still in Minnesota and does not look to be going anywhere in the near future. Taylor is also the owner of the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team and has been rumored to have interests in other professional sports teams located in Minnesota.
Minnesota Timberwolves Arena
For the first year of the team’s existence they did not have their own arena, so they played home games in the Metrodome, home of the Vikings. The new franchise in such a large stadium allowed the Timberwolves to set the record for attendance in a single season. The year after the team moved to its current home arena, the Target Center. The Arena was originally built and owned by the Timberwolves but the city of Minneapolis later bought the Arena from the team.
Timberwolves Fan Base
The Timberwolves fans are a fairly pedestrian group who ranks about average with the rest of the league in terms of average attendance. Recently fans may be frustrated with the trading of the their MVP Kevin Garnett and several poor seasons. Now that some young players have given the fans hope, Timberwolves fans are becoming more common outside of Minnesota. As long as this trend continues the Timberwolves fan base should grow strong.
Minnesota NBA Coaching
Over the team’s history, only one of its coaches, Flip Saunders, has had a winning record in the regular season. Saunders coached for eleven years while every other Timberwolves coach did not last for longer than three years. Current coach Rick Adelman saw his first season destroyed by injuries, however his team has shown promise and inspired hope.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting
The Timberwolves play in one of the most competitive divisions in the NBA. Divisional competitors include the OKC Thunder, Denver Nuggets, and Portland Trail Blazers. The Thunder will likely be the favorites to win the division each of the next few seasons at least with these other teams proving stiff competition. With that said it appears unlikely that Minnesota will take this division. The Timberwolves recent history has indicated that injuries are a major determinant of the success of this team. If the team can stay healthy they should be a dangerous team all year and possibly even in the playoffs. Time should also work in the T-Wolves favor as their younger players develop look for their odds to succeed increase each year.