You have probably wondered which team is the worst in NBA history. Well, there was a tough choice, but ultimately the worst team are Minnesota Timberwolves. Why? Simply because they have the lousiest winning percentage of all franchises just .391 percent before this season started, and by the look of their first few games, it is going to be even worse!
In their first 26 seasons, they have participated in just eight playoffs and all of them when Kevin Garnett and late Flip Saunders were in the club. All of them in a row from 1997 to 2004, after and before they didn't have above .500 season except in one case in 2005.
Apart from that they constantly had high draft picks and huge loads of potential, they never ever managed to produce something from that. Just look back in some of the previous drafts, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Derrick Williams, Anthony Bennet, Wesley Johnson, all of them were high picks, although, Bennet wasn't picked by Minnesota, but he was supposed to fill in the blank of Kevin Love after the famous trade.
It seems as if everyone who plays for Timberwolves loses his self-esteem, or he ends up being injured or without a motive.
Whatever it is, it is because of one thing. They are losers! And that is a fact.
It may seem harsh and the little bit disrespectful, but it is a kind of known fact. We haven't got the time to mention all the players in their history which were under contract or T-Wolves had rights for them, but here are few most important, Christan Laettner, Ray Allen, Joe Smith, Isaiah Rider, Stephon Marbury, Latrell Sprewell, Michael Olowokandi, Antoine Walker, Kevin Love and numerous high picks. And all of that potential and they are the worst franchise in NBA.
It is really strange that Target Center is some kind of black hole for home players. Like all the knowledge has been sucked out of them and they are a bunch of under-average players. Also, they have been fined for an illegal contract with Joe Smith and have been fined for three years, not to have first round draft picks, from 2000 to 2003. When they needed the most someone new to pair up with Garnett and to rise up with him.
After KG left Minneapolis, series of bad trades and draft busts had occurred in the franchise, and they were constantly changing roster from season to season, trying to find extraordinary rookies, but most of this adventures, in the end, turned out to be a total failure. Today they are having, yet again, a losing score at the beginning of this season.
The potential is there, but nothing happens. Karl-Anthony Towns, Wiggins, LaVine, Kris Dunn, Muhammad, all of these players have a potential to be an All-Stars. And with two injured Europeans Rubio and Pekovic, they could be reaching a play-off battle. But that is all "could be" talking, and NBA does not accept that. Who cares if you are a first-round draft pick, you got to go to the court and show what you know.
The common excuse is that no one likes living in cold Minnesota. All good players are avoiding this part of the country, and that for T-wolves this is an extremely difficult situation. Well, that may be true, but for some other teams in American sports, this is not an excuse. Seattle Seahawks were perfectly comfortable in their rainy city, they even won a Superbowl. What should we say for Green Bay Packers? Or Canadian hockey teams? No excuses allowed about that. This last reason why we don't accept that kind of talk will be the crucial one.
Most dominant force in American basketball during the 50's was the Minneapolis Lakers. George Mikan and the boys won five titles in six years, playing in so-called "unattractive" Minnesota. Later they moved to Los Angeles and they became one of the greatest sports teams of all times. Why did they move is a totally different question, but they proved that if you want, you can play well no matter the circumstances. In front of Tom Thibodeau stands a difficult task, but for sure challenging. And that is to move frozen Timberwolves from the bottom of the NBA and make them as their predecessors Lakers. A force in the NBA.