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10 Best Scorers In Minnesota Timberwolves History: Karl-Anthony Towns Leads The Pack, Kevin Garnett Is Surprisingly 5th

10 Best Scorers In Minnesota Timberwolves History: Karl-Anthony Towns Leads The Pack, Kevin Garnett Is Surprisingly 5th

The Minnesota Timberwolves franchise have never captured an NBA title, but have had some supremely talented players compete for their roster including Kevin Garnett, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Kevin Love among others. It is clear the level of talent that Minnesota has had does not compare to other franchises at the top, but Garnett is truly the most dominant superstar to ever suit up for the franchise. But is he their greatest all-time scorer in PPG?

Garnett completed 14 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves and collected spectacular individual awards as a member of the franchise including a league MVP in 2004. Current superstar Karl-Anthony Towns is also one of the most talented players to play for the franchise, but is he the greatest offensive player in the franchise’s history? It is time to find out as here are the 10 greatest scorers in Timberwolves history.


10. Ricky Davis - 17.6 PPG

(2 Seasons, 2006-2007)

Ricky Davis

A journeyman throughout his career and regarded as a selfish scorer, Ricky Davis had a nice run with the Minnesota Timberwolves 4 seasons before he would go to play in France. Davis would have a slow start to his career with 3 different teams before averaging 20.6 PPG in his 5th season. Davis would soon find himself on the Minnesota Timberwolves after getting traded a few times, where he put up 19.1 PPG in 36 games in 2006.

The following season, Davis averaged 17.0 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field for the Timberwolves as he started 81 games out of 81 played. The small forward was a decent three-point shooter although he loved mid-range shots as his go-to move. Often taking ill-advised shots to get himself into a rhythm, Ricky Davis certainly made his mark in Minnesota in less than 2 full seasons.


9. Tom Gugliotta - 18.2 PPG

(4 Seasons, 1995-1998)

Tom Gugliotta

The 1997 All-Star big man Tom Gugliotta was a 6’10” power forward who was also effective at scoring the ball no matter the circumstances. Gugliotta would make the All-Rookie Team, averaging 14.7 PPG and 9.6 RPG in his first professional season with the Washington Bullets before becoming a member of the Timberwolves in his 3rd season. The big man would have his best season in 1997 when he made his first All-Star selection at 27 years old.

Gugliotta averaged 20.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, and 1.1 BPG on 44.2% shooting that season. The big man had a knack for scoring the ball around the rim, never being afraid of contact instigated by himself or his opponents. In his last year with Minnesota, “Googs” put up 20.1 PPG before departing to the Phoenix Suns where his decline would shortly follow.


8. Isaiah Rider - 18.8 PPG

(3 Seasons, 1994-1996)

Isaiah Rider

A 6’5” shooting guard, Isaiah Rider is one of the most talented scorers in Minnesota Timberwolves history. The former No. 5 overall pick had a solid rookie season, putting up 16.6 PPG while making the All-Rookie Team. The following season, Rider would average a career-high 20.4 PPG at only 23 years old. The next year, the shooting guard would average 19.6 PPG on 37.1% shooting from three.

Even if Rider would depart to the Portland Trail Blazers after 3 years, he was an effective offensive player for Minnesota. He could shoot the three well (35.9% over 3 years), attack the basket with force, and had the size to be effective even if his shots were not falling. Averaging 18.8 PPG in 3 years was impressive enough to place Rider among the top-10 scorers in Timberwolves history.


7. Kevin Love - 19.2 PPG

(6 Seasons, 2009-2014)

Kevin Love

An All-Star performer for the Timberwolves in the early 2010s, Kevin Love was a unique big man due to his unique ability to stretch the floor at an elite level. Bigs were still expected to be in the post, which Love did well, but he was adept at making threes at a high level. Love made 3 All-Star Teams in 6 seasons with the Timberwolves, with his best season coming in 2012. The big man averaged 26.0 PPG and 13.3 RPG on 44.8% shooting from the field that year, including 37.2% from three.

Love was easily the best power forward in the game at that point, and he began generating interest from around the league because of his offensive prowess. His last year with Minnesota, Love put up 26.1 PPG and 12.5 RPG on 37.6% shooting from three before departing to the Cleveland Cavaliers. As an all-around scorer, Kevin Love is one of the best in Minnesota’s history.


6. Andrew Wiggins - 19.7 PPG

(6 Seasons, 2015-2020)

Andrew-Wiggins

Drafted No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins was supposed to be the franchise player for the Cleveland Cavaliers that already had Kyrie Irving. But that did not happen, because the rights to Wiggins were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star Kevin Love. Wiggins made the most of his rookie season, putting up 16.9 PPG en route to the Rookie of the Year award.

Wiggins would follow that up with seasons averaging 20.7 PPG, 23.6 PPG (career-high to date), 17.7 PPG, 18.1 PPG, and 22.4 PPG with Minnesota. The athletic scorer began facing criticism for his play despite his solid scoring numbers, mainly because he was not showing the desire to truly be a great player instead of a very good one. Nonetheless, Wiggins had a terrific run with the Timberwolves as he now plays for Golden State.


5. Kevin Garnett - 19.8 PPG

(14 Seasons, 1996-2007, 2015-2016)

Kevin Garnett

Easily the greatest player in Minnesota Timberwolves history, Kevin Garnett played 14 seasons while making 10 All-Star Teams. A defensive star with the most intensity in the game during his time, the finesse power forward brought the most success to the Timberwolves franchise. He went from a No. 5 overall pick averaging 10.4 PPG in his rookie season, to league MVP in 2004. Of course, Garnett was also the driving force behind the team that made the Western Conference Finals in 2004 as well.

Shooting 49.1% from the field and 77.9% from the free-throw line, Garnett was a supremely gifted scorer from mid-range and around the rim thanks to his soft touch. Defensively, KG was also spectacular as a shutdown defender in any one-on-one situation. But offensively, Garnett “only” ranks 5th in PPG, although he is 1st in total points scored.


4. Al Jefferson - 20.1 PPG

(3 Seasons, 2008-2010)

Al Jefferson

Before Kevin Love would take over the franchise as the best player on the team, Al Jefferson was an offensive star with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jefferson averaged a double-double over 3 seasons with the franchise, putting up 20.1 PPG and 10.4 RPG over that span. The big man had one of the best post-games in the game, scoring whenever he was in one-on-one situations.

Jefferson’s highest-scoring season came in 2009 when he dropped 23.1 PPG (career-high) before departing for the Utah Jazz just two seasons later. A back-to-the-basket center with a solid mid-range jumper, Big Al shot 49.9% from the field during his time with Minnesota and was truly a force to be reckoned with.


3. Anthony Edwards - 20.4 PPG

(2 Seasons, 2021-2022)

Anthony Edwards On Head Coach Subbing Him Out For Poor Defensive Effort: "I Get Mad For Sure. I Be Wanting To Say Something To Him. But It’s Pointless. He Right. Can’t Do Nothing But Be Better When I Get Back In."

Anthony Edwards is blossoming into a perennial All-Star before our very eyes because the athletic scorer can shoot from beyond and also attack the rim with power and explosiveness. Edwards holds career averages of 20.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 3.2 APG on 34.8% shooting from three. The 2020 No. 1 overall pick is showing signs of being a killer on the court and has the mentality suitable for a franchise star. In only his second season, Edwards is becoming a go-to scorer.

By making the All-Rookie Team last year, Edwards put the league on notice that he is coming for the top shooting guards in the game because he possesses the game and mentality to be extremely effective as a number one option. Right now, Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns are forming a dynamic duo that could be the future of success in Minnesota in a few years.


2. Tony Campbell - 20.6 PPG

(3 Seasons, 1990-1992)

Tony Campbell

Nobody expected Tony Campbell to become a prolific scorer mid-way through his career, but it happened at age 27 when he arrived in Minnesota. The 6’7” shooting guard/small forward never averaged greater than 11.0 PPG before putting up 23.2 PPG in his first season for the ‘Wolves. The following season, Campbell put up 21.8 PPG on 43.4% shooting from the field.

In his final season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Campbell averaged 16.8 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field. The scorer was not the most efficient from the floor, but he still got the job done at getting buckers which is why his 20.6 PPG scoring average ranks 2nd all-time in Timberwolves history.


1. Karl-Anthony Towns - 23.1 PPG

(7 Seasons, 2016-2022)

David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

Coming into the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick, Karl-Anthony Towns was always destined for superstardom. The versatile center has truly made an impact on the franchise, holding career averages of 23.0 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, and 1.4 BPG on 39.5% shooting from three. As a stretch big man who can also score inside the paint, Towns has all the skills to be a legendary player in the league.

The only knock on Towns has been his lack of killer instinct, as he seems to be on par with other players in the younger generation that lack urgency in their play. But the big man has already made 2 All-Star Teams, an All-NBA Team in 2018, and captured the 2016 Rookie of the Year. As a versatile scorer, Towns is the leader in PPG for the ‘Wolves by quite a margin.


Most Points In Minnesota Timberwolves History

Here are the ten players with the most total points in Minnesota Timberwolves history:

1. Kevin Garnett 19,201

2. Karl-Anthony Towns 10,299

3. Andrew Wiggins 8,710

4. Sam Mitchell 7,161

5. Kevin Love 6,989

6. Wally Szczerbiak 6,777

7. Doug West 6,216

8. Tony Campbell 4,888

9. Christian Laettner 4,759

10. Isaiah Rider 4,315

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