Perhaps the Timberwolves' most polarizing figure in terms of on-court production, point guard Ricky Rubio (right) offered both thrill (8.6 APG, fourth in the league; 2.3 SPG, second) and inefficacy (38.2% FG, 9.5 PPG, ranking 27th among NBA point guards) in his first NBA season. Shooting guard Kevin Martin (left), acquired in a 2013 offseason sign-and-trade, was steadier, scoring 19.1 points per game and leading the team in 3-point percentage (38.7). Behind them, things were awfully sporadic -- backup point guard J.J. Barea had the worst offensive season since his rookie year, Chase Budinger never fully recovered from preseason knee surgery and Alexey Shved struggled his way to a possible contract buyout this offseason.
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Leaving zero doubt he's worth a max contract extension -- either here or elsewhere -- when he can opt out of the final year of his contract next season, Kevin Love (left) became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo in 1975-76 to average 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a season en route to being named an All-Star starter. Free-agent pickup Corey Brewer (right) did his job on the wing, tying for fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.9) and scoring 12.3 points per game. But the Timberwolves' reserve forwards weren't as efficient; Derrick Williams underperformed enough to merit a trade for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who never established a consistent rotation presence, and Dante Cunningham's lackluster season was overshadowed by two separate arrests earlier this month.
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Forty-four games into the season, Nikola Pekovic led the league in second-chance points and points in the paint and was second among NBA centers with 18 points per game. Then came his annual nagging injury, this time right-ankle bursitis that kept him from playing in 28 of Minnesota's final 38 contests. Backup Ronny Turiaf had even more injury problems, appearing in just 31 games but providing a physical presence when he did play. Luckily, the Timberwolves had a rookie ace in the hole named Gorgui Dieng, who started 15 of their final 18 contests and averaged 12 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during that span.
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It wasn't a fitting conclusion to Rick Adelman's 23-year, Hall of Fame coaching career. While his patented corner schemes helped produce the league's No. 3 scoring offense, the Timberwolves' lack of defense -- near-league-worst 47.1 percent opponent field goal percentage -- and perplexingly inconsistent play saw them finish two games below .500. The 67-year-old coach never found a solid rotation and drew criticism for not playing rookies Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng enough. Adelman did, however, help increase Minnesota's win total in each of this three years with the team before retiring.
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When we graded the Timberwolves at the season's halfway point, we said this group wasn't as good as the sum of its parts. Minnesota was 20-21 then -- the exact same win percentage it sported at the season's end. Despite Love's exploits and a high-powered offense that ranked third in the league, the Timberwolves never figured out how to tackle late, close situations or avoid playing down to the competition. In missing the playoffs for a 10th straight season, they won 11 games by 20 or more points but lost 12 contests decided by four points or less. Thirteen of their 42 losses came against non-playoff teams, and Minnesota finished nine games back of a postseason spot.