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Minnesota Timberwolves
(45-37, 3rd in Midwest, 17 games back)
DRAFT PICKS: (17, 46)

1998 Draft Order
Round Pick Name School Position
   1 17 Radoslav Nesterovic Italy C
   2 46 Andrae Patterson Indiana U. SF

Team Strengths
  • Young Nucleus
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Team Statistics
      PPG FG% REBs TOs
    Timberwolves OFFENSE.461 (8th)42.6 (7th)13.9 (1st)
    Opponents PPG.448 (15th)43.0 (24th)15.0 (20th)
    Weaknesses
  • Lack Of Experience
  • Looming Free Agency
  • Changes
  • Googs A Free Agent On 7/1
  • Marbury A Free Agent In '99
  • Needs
  • Center, Keeping Veterans In Fold
  • Notes:
  • The 2nd highest scoring team in the league (101.1), only the Lakers scored more (105.5)
  • The 45 wins were the most in franchise history, bettering the 40 wins that they had a year ago
  • Led the league in blocked shots behind Kevin Garnett's 1.83 bpg, which was 13th in the league
  • The Wolves came back from double-digit deficits to win nine times
  • Ranked in the top 10 in five offensive categories (ppg, FG's, rpg, apg and turnovers)
  • Kevin Garnett compiled a franchise-record 45 double-doubles this season, including his first-ever triple-double
  • Tom Gugliotta injured his ankle vs. the Lakers on 1/30 - the Wolves went 20-19 the rest of the way
  • Were tough in tight games, going 9-5 in games decided by three points or less and 15-9 in games decided by five points or less
  • Went 18-26 vs. teams over .500 last year
  • One of only five teams in the league to allow over 100 ppg and the only team of the five who did, to make the playoffs (Toronto, Vancouver, L.A. Clippers and Denver)
  • Garnett is signed through the 2003 season (USA Today)
  • First Round Draft Picks in the 90's
    1990 Felton Spencer, C, Louisville (6)
    1990 Gerald Glass, F, Mississippi (20)
    1991 Luc Longley, C, New Mexico (7)
    1992 Christian Laettner, F, Duke (3)
    1993 J.R. Rider, G, UNLV (5)
    1994 Donyell Marshall, F, Connecticut (4)
    1995 Kevin Garnett, F, Farragut Academy H.S. (Chicago) (5)
    1996 Ray Allen, G, Connecticut (5)
    1997 Paul Grant, C, Wisconsin (20)
    Complete draft list over the years
    Players by Position
    Small Forwards Power Forwards Centers Point Guards Shooting Guards
    Kevin Garnett
    Sam Mitchell
    Tom Gugliotta
    Tom Hammonds
    Stanley Roberts
    Cherokee Parks
    Billy Curley
    Paul Grant
    Stephon Marbury
    Terry Porter
    Michael Williams
    DeJuan Wheat
    Anthony Peeler
    Chris Carr
    Reggie Jordan
    Free Agents
    1998 1999 2000
    Tom Gugliotta (P-98 FA)
    Terry Porter
    Bill Curley (P-98 FA)
    Sam Mitchell
    DeJuan Wheat
    Stanley Roberts (T-FA)
    Reggie Jordan
    Stephon Marbury
    Michael Williams
    Chris Carr
    Paul Grant
     

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