Best: Minnesota Timberwolves — Kevin Garnett
Garnett is the greatest player in Minnesota history to an almost comical degree. He leads the Timberwolves all time in games, minutes, points, steals, assists, rebounds, blocks, and free throws. He’s more than doubled his closest competitor, Kevin Love, in rebounds and almost tripled the next closest scorer, Andrew Wiggins.
Garnett made 10 All Star teams with the Timberwolves. All other Wolves players have combined for eight All Star appearances. Minnesota had never even made the playoffs without Kevin Garnett until last year. No NBA franchise is more encompassed in one single player.
Worst: Minnesota Timberwolves — Joe Smith
Maybe you expected Jonny Flynn aka Not Steph Curry, or perhaps you’re reserving this spot for Andrew Wiggins someday.
But don’t overlook the damage that former number one pick Joe Smith did to this franchise. Smith signed as a free agent in Minnesota in 1999 on a shockingly cheap contract, so cheap in fact that it was illegal. Smith agreed to a cheap deal under the table so he could get more money later, and when NBA commissioner David Stern found out, he crushed the Wolves, stripping them of five consecutive first round picks from 2001 to 2005 at the heart of Kevin Garnett’s prime.
The Wolves never reached the highest heights thanks to the dearth of young talent and would miss the playoffs 14 consecutive seasons.