This will be the first installment of a 5-part series, detailing the top 5 best players to ever play for the Minnesota Timberwolves at each position.
In order to make the list, the player must have played at least 2 seasons with the team and will be judged on team impact and skill. Honorable mentions will be included for players that are not qualified yet, but could be in the future if his level of play is maintained. With that being said, let’s jump right in.
Jeff Teague (2017-present)
Timberwolves Stats: 13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 7.1 apg, 1.4 spg on 43.8/35.8/84.9
The Timberwolves current starting point guard has definitely played decent so far. While his style of play is irritating at times, he’s been a good playmaker during his time with the team so far. He was a solid contributor to the Wolves entering the playoffs last season for the first time in 14 years.
5. Troy Hudson (2002-2007)
Timberwolves Stats: 10.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 0.5 spg on 40.6/36.4/86.5
While he never put up eye-popping numbers, T-Hud will always be a Timberwolves fan favorite. Affectionately dubbed the “Laker Killer”, he averaged 23.5 ppg and 5.5 apg in 6 games during the first round of the 2003 playoffs while facing the Lakers.
4. Ricky Rubio (2011-2017)
Timberwolves Stats: 10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 8.5 apg, 2.1 spg on 37.5/31.5/83.0
Another fan-favorite in Minnesota, Rubio was hyped up as he was drafted from the Euroleague where we had much success. Rubio played in both the Kevin Love era and the Karl-Anthony Towns era of the franchise, and while he was unable to garner team success, proved his capability as a consistent playmaker. Rubio ranks 2nd in total assists in franchise history, just behind Kevin Garnett, while averaging the most per game. He is now enjoying success in Utah after a trade in 2017.
3. Terrell Brandon (1999-2002)
Timberwolves Stats: 15.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 8.3 apg, 1.6 spg on 45.0/35.8/89.5
Brandon started off with what looked to be a promising stint as the Wolves’ point guard during the KG era. After getting traded from the Bucks near the end of the 1998-99 season, he proved to be a proven veteran and a playmaker that helped lead the Wolves to multiple playoff appearances. After his injury-ridden 2001-2002 season, he was traded by the Timberwolves and subsequently retired from the NBA.
2. Stephon Marbury (1996-1998)
Timberwolves Stats: 16.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 8.3 apg, 1.2 spg on 41.1/32.5/72.9
Starbury spent his first two and a half seasons as a member of the Timberwolves, where he looked to bring the franchise into playoff contention alongside Kevin Garnett. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out between the two parties, as Marbury was shipped to New Jersey where he enjoyed the prime of his career. Still, it would’ve been a treat to see what could’ve been, as the Timberwolves’ future looked bright with both young stars on the team.
1. Sam Cassell (2003-2005)
Timberwolves Stats: 17.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.0 spg on 48.0/34.9/87.0
Despite only playing for two seasons, the Timberwolves’ best point guard in franchise history has to be “Sam I Am”, Sam Cassell. He played with The Big Ticket during his prime years as the two led the team to the WCF in 2004, where they (unfortunately) lost against the Lakers due to Cassell getting hurt. He made his only all-star appearance in 2004 after putting up 20 ppg and 7 apg, in what would be the best season of his career. He was traded to the Clippers in 2005, and went on to win a championship with Boston in 2008, alongside Garnett.
There you have it! Do you agree with the list? Who will be the best Wolves SG in franchise history? Let us know. Big thanks to @DaneMooreNBA and @GrandGalaFW for helping out! Go follow them on Twitter!