The Minnesota Timberwolves entered the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1989, making the team one of the newest in basketball. In their relatively brief history, the Timberwolves have enjoyed a handful of All-Star performances, but one stand clearly above the rest. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ all-time leading scorers are easily topped by MVP Award-winner Kevin Garnett who has scored more than twice as many points as his closest follower.
5. Tony Campbell: 4,888 points
A member of the inaugural team in 1989-90, swingman Tony Campbell ranks fifth among the Minnesota Timberwolves’ all-time leading scorers. Campbell was the Wolves’ leading scorer for each of the team’s first three seasons in existence. After serving as a role player in Detroit and LA, Campbell became the number one option for the Wolves with 23.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 1989-90. He followed it with a 21.8 per game campaign in 1990-91 and 16.8 in 1991-92 to round out his tenure in Minnesota. Campbell scored more than 1,000 points in each of his three seasons in Minnesota, but never did so in any of his other eight years in the NBA.
4. Doug West: 6,216 points
Shooting guard Doug West was a second round draft pick by Minnesota in 1989 and he ranks fourth on the Timberwolves’ all-time leading scorers list. West played his first nine seasons in Minnesota, averaging double-figures in points four times. He had his career year in 1992-93 with 19.3 points per game on a .517 field goal percentage. For his tenure with the Wolves, West averaged 10.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 609 games.
3. Wally Szczerbiak: 6,777 points
A great shooter who spent seven seasons with the team, small forward Wally Szczerbiak ranks third among the Minnesota Timberwolves’ all-time leading scorers. The 1999 first round pick by the Wolves played for the team until he was traded to Boston in 2006. Szczerbiak became an NBA All-Star in 2002 with career-high averages of 18.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. For his tenure with the Wolves, he averaged 15.5 points in 438 games. One of the league’s elite three-point shooters, Szczerbiak’s career .406 shooting percentage from downtown ranks 15th in NBA history.
2. Sam Mitchell: 7,161 points
Spending ten nonconsecutive years with the team, forward Sam Mitchell ranks second on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ all-time leading scorers list. Originally selected by the Rockets late in the 1985 draft, Mitchell broke into the NBA with the Wolves in 1989-90 in their inaugural season. He became one of the team’s major contributors, averaging double-digit scoring in each of his first three years. He then spent three years with the Pacers before returning to Minnesota for the last seven years of his playing career. Mitchell averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds as a member of the Timberwolves and went on to become an NBA head coach.
1. Kevin Garnett: 19,041 points
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ all-time leading scorer is future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett. Garnett joined the Wolves straight out of high school in 1995 and became the franchise player for more than a decade. A perennial All-Star, Garnett averaged more than 20 points per game for each of his last nine seasons in Minnesota from 1999 to 2007. One of the NBA’s greatest all-around players, Garnett has won an MVP and a Defensive Player of the Year Award. In addition to scoring, he also holds the Timberwolves’ team records in rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. Now with the Celtics, he has surpassed 22,000 career points with overall averages of 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.
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