| Minnesota Timberwolves HISTORY
Arena: Target Center
Division Championships: 1(2004)
Midwest division 1(2004)
Northwest Division None
NBA Titles: None
Owner: Glen Taylor
A long awaited return:
From 1947 until 1960 Minneapolis enjoyed NBA basketball behind the George Mikan lead Lakers, but when the team picked up and moved to sunny Southern California the city was left without NBA basketball for the next 30 years.
In 1985 it looked like the city might finally get another team when the ownership of the Utah Jazz were looking to sell the team to a group from Minnesota, but that was quickly spurred when an owner from Salt Lake City bought the franchise. Instead the NBA awarded them one of four new NBA franchises that entered the NBA in the late 1980s.
The Wolves entered the NBA along with the Orlando Magic in 1989. Miami and Charlotte had entered a year earlier.
The Wolves playoff struggles have really be unprecedented in NBA history. The team first made the playoffs following the 1997 season but did not win a series until 2004 having accumulated 7 consecutive series losses, which is one of the longest playoff series losing streaks in NBA history.
Since their two series victories in the 2004 NBA playoffs the Wolves have yet to win another series, the chief culprit behind that is that the Wolves have not made the playoffs since.
Why the Timberwolves?
Before entering the league the state of Minnesota had a name the team contest. There were thousands of entries but ultimate it came down to just two names. The Timberwolves and Polars. The city counsels of every city in the state voted on the names and Timberwolves won.
Timberwolves is a fitting name as the area is home to the largest population of Timberwolves in the continuous United States.
The Wolves held one of the NBA's most dubious losing streaks. The franchise missed the playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons from the end of the 2004 season to the end of the 2018 season.
Minnesota Madness |
The NBA in the 1980s and 1990s is often seen as an era of financial stability and expansion. The league saw money come in at a previously unprecedented rate, most of it coming for the new found television revenue. The NBA added 11 new teams from 1976 until 1996. The league also found three superstars to hang its image on in Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.
But there was an underbelly to this glorious side as well. In the same time span that saw the NBA add 11 new teams, four teams relocated and three others attempted to relocate.
One of the most interesting cases involved the Minnesota Timberwolves who were awarded by the NBA to the city of Minneapolis in 1989. The Wolves were one of four NBA teams that entered the league between 1988 and 1989, and the second NBA team to play in the Twin-Cities.
Karl Anthony Towns: The NBA's Next Great Big Man |
For much of its history, the NBA has seen many of its best teams built around great centers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the league�s all-time leading scorer, while names like Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell are as well-known as any in basketball history. From 1989 through 2005, six centers combined for three MVPs and 473 1st place votes. In the 10 seasons since, however, big men have received a total of seven 1st place votes (all for Dwight Howard). As the game has shifted toward more athletic players and three point shooters, the center position has, for the most part, been relegated to a supporting role. One player, however, may be the exception in the new NBA.
By the All-Star break this year, Karl-Anthony Towns already had more win shares than LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose or Dwyane Wade had during their rookie campaigns.
Jimmy Butler was an all-star with the Wolves.
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