Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau
The Minnesota Timberwolves, also known as the Wolves, are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The franchise competes in the NBA as part of the Western Conferences Northwest Division. Established in 1989, the Wolves was introduced to the NBA as an expansion team.
Like most expansion teams in the league, the Wolves had difficulties contesting other established teams in their early years. But, after the team had drafted Kevin Garnett in 1995, they qualified for the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons from 1997 to 2004. However, the Wolves failed to go past the first round on all occasions. The team won their first division championship in 2004 and earned a spot in the Western Conference Finals where Garnett was named NBA Most Valuable Player for that season. The team had started to rebuild after failing to qualify for the postseason in 2005, and trading Garnett to the Celtics in 2007.