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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Draft History (2006-2015)

Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Minnesota Timberwolves have made 26 selections, yielding just one All-Star in Kevin Love – who is no longer with the team.

The following table details the Timberwolves’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 5 1 (20%) 3 4 (80%) 0
6-10 3 0 0 1 (33.3%) 1 (33.3%)
11-15 2 0 0 0 0
16-20 0 0 0 0 0
21-25 2 0 0 0 0
26-30 2 0 0 0 1 (50%)
31-40 4 0 0 0 0
41-50 4 0 0 0 4 (100%)
51-60 4 0 0 0 3 (75%)
Total 26 1 (3.8%) 3 5 (19.2%) 9 (34.6%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Timberwolves’ only drafted All-Star is now playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers (Love), although both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins (who wasn’t drafted by the Timberwolves) have the potential to add to that list as they develop.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: Kevin Love (2008-5) — three appearances

Starters: Randy Foye (2006-7), Love, Ricky Rubio (2009-5), Wesley Johnson (2010-4), Karl-Anthony Towns (2015-1)

Rotation Players: Craig Smith (2006-36), Corey Brewer (2007-7), Nikola Pekovic (2008-31), Wayne Ellington (2009-28), Nemanja Bjelica (2010-35), Derrick Williams (2011-2), Shabazz Muhammad (2013-14), Gorgui Dieng (2013-21), Lorenzo Brown (2013-52), Zach LaVine (2014-13), Glenn Robinson III (2014-40), Tyus Jones (2015-24)

Out in Five Years or Less: Loukas Mavrvrokefalidis (2006-57), Chris Richard (2007-41), Jonny Flynn (2009-6), Henk Norel (2009-47), Lazar Hayward (2010-30), Paulo Prestes (2010-45), Malcolm Lee (2011-43), Robbie Hummel (2012-58), Bojan Dubljevic (2013-59)

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