The Timberwolves are a relatively young franchise without much success in its over 26-year history. Many loyal Wolfists (Wolves fans and followers) have not experience much happiness, especially in the long-lasting 12-year playoff drought. Outside of the Kevin Garnett era, we have seen many players come in and out of Minnesota. The best franchise players since KG left in 2005 have really been Al Jefferson and Kevin Love.
I was watching a game recently when I heard mention of a few young Wolves moving up the ‘All-Time’ ranks. Players who have played no more than 3 or more years are going to hold franchise records? Is that possible?
So I had to research. What do the all-time Franchise stat leaders look like? Well, here is a picture of the number one and number two all-time scoring leaders in franchise history:
So then I had to ask, when will the baby pups start moving up the franchise list? Knowing that Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine have bright futures in the league, they should be able to do some damage on the so-called ‘Franchise Records’. So here are just some fun facts of how far along some Wolfies are from moving into ‘Timberwolves Greatness’ (as of 11/11/2016):
- Gorgui Dieng is 10 rebounds shy of passing Joe Smith for 10th all-time in franchise history. Joe Smith’s record is 1561 total rebounds.
- Gorgui is also 16 blocks shy of passing Christian Laettner for 4th all-time in blocks. Laettner’s record is 299 blocks.
- Zach LaVine is 26 3-point field goals shy of passing Kevin Martin for 10th all-time in franchise history. Martin’s record is 228 3-point field goals made.
- Andrew Wiggins is 11 free throw attempts away from passing Ricky Rubio for 9th all-time in franchise history. Wiggins has 1085 attempts and Rubio has 1095.
- Andrew Wiggins will most likely be the one to first pass Al Jefferson in points for 10th all-time. Wiggins has 3230 career points while Jefferson’s record is 4183. There is a good chance Wiggins passes him this season.
- Ricky Rubio is actually 2nd all-time in total assists and steals. He trails only Kevin Garnett by 1894 assists and 693 steals.
- Karl-Anthony Towns is 737 rebounds from passing Joe Smith in rebounds, who will likely be 11th all-time by the time Towns gets those rebounds since Dieng is really close to passing him already. 9th all-time right now is Rasho Nesterovic who has 1711 total rebounds.
- Towns has 146 blocks currently as well. 10th all-time is Randy Breuer who has 254 blocks.
While looking into these records, I saw names like Rashad McCants, Randy Foye and Wally Szczerbiak populate the lists. It was sadly nostalgic. It has been a rough 12 years. I am looking forward to rewriting history with the Young Wolves.