Minnesota Timberwolves Tickets
There is a reason why the name ‘Timberwolves’ was given to the Minnesota’s basketball team. The Great Plains wolf exhibits nature’s most sophisticated order. Every member of the pack understands its function in the hierarchy and they work as a team to achieve their objective. The Minnesota Timberwolves are no different. Since the beginning, the Timberwolves have played as a unit. Even though the team is relatively younger, the Minnesota Timberwolves have won a division title and produced one of the most talented power forward/center in NBA history. With a huge fan base in Minnesota and the rest of the country, the Timberwolves are one of the few teams to follow in the NBA. If you’re looking to catch an exciting game of basketball then you need to get Minnesota Timberwolves tickets.
It took basketball almost three decades to return to St Paul, Minneapolis, after Minneapolis Lakers went to Los Angeles in 1960. In 1987, the NBA granted four new expansion teams out which one was awarded to Minnesota. It took another two years to establish the Minnesota Timberwolves. As with all young expansion teams, the Timberwolves performance in the beginning was less than spectacular. In fact, for the first seven seasons, the Timberwolves were unable to make it to a single playoff. The Timberwolves, during their early years was being led by Tony Campbell, a New Jersey native, who held the original scoring record of 4,888 points. His record was later surpassed by Doug West.
Even though the team was not performing up to par, it was still able to attract fans. Dividing their games between the much larger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and the Met Center, the Timberwolves attracted more than a million fans to their home games. In the 1990-91 season, the Timberwolves moved to their permanent home at the Target Center. The move had a positive effect on the team’s performance as they were able to improve their score from first season’s 22-60 record to 29-53 in their second season. During the first few seasons when the Timberwolves struggled to find their footing in the league, the owners sold the team to billionaire businessman Glen Taylor. It was at this time, things started to look up for the Timberwolves.
Getting the Pack Together
Kevin Garnett is a fifteen time All Star, four time NBA rebounding Champion, McDonald’s All American Game MVP and NBA Champion in 2008. However in the 1995 NBA draft, Kevin Garnett became the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He became the first player to be drafted out of high school since 1975 and also was the youngest player to join the NBA at 19 years and 11 months. Garnett was not able to make a considerable impact like LeBron James and Dwight Howard, but still he had a decent season with 10.4 points on average per game. Timberwolves playoff appearances were a combined result of a number of factors. These included the change of owners, arrival of Kevin Garnett and the inclusion of Flip Saunders as head coach.
The two time NBA All Star Head Coach, Saunders was from suburban Cleveland. Even though he was appointed as the General Manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995, after seeing their rough start to the season, he added coaching to his managerial responsibilities. He played an instrumental role in guiding the Timberwolves to their first playoff berth ever in the 1996-97 season. Under Saunders guidance, the Timberwolves made eight consecutive playoff appearances. Even though the Timberwolves exited in the first round, the team made it to the Conference Finals after the 2003-04 season.
Timberwolves Playoff History
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached the playoffs a total of eight times. From 1996-97 till 2003-04, the Timberwolves reached the playoffs every year. However, every year except for their last appearance, they lost in the first round. The first time the Timberwolves reached the playoffs, they were whitewashed by the Rockets 0-3. The 1997-98 post season was a little better as the Timberwolves were able to win two games against the Seattle Supersonics but lost three. The subsequent years told the same story. The Timberwolves were able to make it to the playoffs, but lost in the first round. The teams who defeated the Timberwolves included the Spurs (1998-99 & 2000-01), Trail Blazers, Mavericks and the Lakers.
The team’s last playoff appearance was special. Not because they went the furthest they ever had, it was also the teams they defeated. On their way to the Conference Finals, the Timberwolves defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-1 and the Sacramento Kings 4-3. It was in the Conference Finals they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 2-4. The Lakers went on to lose to the Detroit Pistons 1-4. The fallout from the loss was immediate. Saunders was replaced as head coach. The decision shocked many fans who believed that the termination was uncalled for. Since Saunders last season, the Timberwolves have yet to make a playoff appearance.
The Timberwolves may be having trouble this season, however there are a couple of silver linings. The Timberwolves have always been able to produce and nurture Rookie of the Year. Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Town are two players who won the award in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons respectively. This eye for talent will certainly help the Timberwolves in their next season. Also it seems the restructuring of the Timberwolves and the fans should be able to see the results soon. So, if you’re a Timberwolves fan and interested in attending their games, then get some Minnesota Timberwolves tickets before they all sell out.