Like many of the more recent teams to join the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves are still attempting to find their footing in the Western Conference of the league. Since their inception in 1989, the Wolves have had many ups and downs, first losing their first 8 seasons, next heading into 8 straight NBA Playoffs, and then returning to the winning drought of their earlier days. Despite recent upsets, the Minneapolis-based team continues to pack in the crowds at Downtown’s Target Center, thanks to majors players like Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Jimmy Butler. Take in all the buzzer-beating action for yourself with tickets to cheer on the Wolves as they fight for another turn in the playoffs.
Alongside the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, and Charlotte Hornets, the Minnesota
Timberwolves were 1 of the 4 new expansion teams to join the NBA in 1988 and ‘89. Their early years were not met by
success, as they had 8 straight losing seasons, only reaching a winning percentage as high as .354. But all that began to
change in 1995 when the Wolves signed rookie phenom and future MVP Kevin Garnett, who went on to become the most famous face
of the franchise. Together with the likes of Wally Szczerbiak, Sam Mitchell, and Tom Gugliotta, Garnett led the team into 8
playoffs in a row. They were knocked out in the first round every year but 2004, when they made it all the way to the
Western Conference Finals. The then-Midwest Division champs eventually lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, but Garnett was named the season’s MVP.
Unfortunately, the following year wasn’t as successful and the Wolves entered a period of failed playoff appearances—one that still continues today. Garnett would eventually leave after the 2006–07 season for the Boston Celtics, where he would go on to become an NBA Champion in his first year with the team. In 2008, the Wolves signed future All-Star Kevin Love, and in 2011, Ricky Rubio. Together, the 2 were reminiscent of John Stockton and Karl Malone from the glory days of the Utah Jazz, yet the team still couldn’t secure a winning season or return trip to the playoffs. Even after Garnett returned to the Wolves for a final season in 2015, they couldn’t end with higher than another .354 percentage.
Today, following the departures of both Love and Garnett, the Timberwolves are in yet another period of rebuilding. Under Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, they’re attempting to build out their roster around Rookies of the Year Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, adding the likes of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Jamal Crawford, and Jeff Teague. Fans of the Wolves can’t wait to see the team bring another division title back to Minneapolis as they pack the seats at games inside the Target Center. Get your tickets today to cheer on the team as they battle it out against rivals like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.