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1989–90 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the Timberwolves' 1st season in the National Basketball Association.[1] Nearly 30 years since the Lakers left for Los Angeles, the NBA returned to Minnesota with an expansion team known as the "Timberwolves". The T-Wolves made their debut on November 3 losing to the Seattle SuperSonics, 106–94 on the road. Five days later, they made their home debut at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome losing to the Chicago Bulls 96–84. Just two nights later, the Wolves would finally get their first win beating the Philadelphia 76ers at home in overtime, 125–118 on November 10. However, the Timberwolves struggled in their first season, posting two nine-game losing streaks, finishing sixth place in the Midwest Division with a 22–60.[2] Tony Campbell led the team in scoring averaging 23.2 points per game, and top draft pick Pooh Richardson made the All-Rookie First Team.

1989–90 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coachBill Musselman
ArenaHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record22–60 (.268)
PlaceDivision: 6th (Midwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finishDid Not Qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKSTP-TV/KITN-TV
(Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Tom Hanneman)
RadioWDGY
(Kevin Harlan, Dave Shea)
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Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 10 Pooh Richardson PG   United States UCLA
2 34 Gary Leonard C   United States Missouri
2 38 Doug West SG   United States Villanova

RosterEdit

1989–90 Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 45 Breuer, Randy 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1960–10–11 Minnesota
G/F 19 Campbell, Tony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1962–05–07 Ohio State
G/F 23 Corbin, Tyrone 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1962–12–31 DePaul
C 52 Leonard, Gary 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1967-02-16 Missouri
G 35 Lowe, Sidney 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1960-01-21 North Carolina State
F 42 Mitchell, Sam 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1963-09-02 Mercer
C 4 Murphy, Tod 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1963-12-24 UC Irvine
G 24 Richardson, Pooh 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1966-05-14 UCLA
F 3 Roth, Scott 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1963-06-03 Wisconsin
F 15 Royal, Donald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1966-05-22 Notre Dame
F/C 2 Sellers, Brad 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1962-12-17 Ohio State
G/F 5 West, Doug 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1967-05-27 Villanova
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

NBA Expansion DraftEdit

Prior to the 1989 NBA draft, the NBA held a coin toss between the Timberwolves and the other new expansion team, the Orlando Magic, to determine their order for the NBA Draft and the expansion draft. The Magic won the coin toss and chose to have the first pick in the expansion draft and pick 11th in the NBA Draft, while the Timberwolves picked second in the expansion draft and 10th in the NBA Draft.

The previous season's expansion teams, the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, were not involved in this year's expansion draft and did not lose any player.

Pick Player Position Nationality Previous Team
2 Rick Mahorn F/C   United States Detroit Pistons
4 Tyrone Corbin G/F   United States Phoenix Suns
6 Steve Johnson F/C   United States Portland Trail Blazers
8 Brad Lohaus F/C   United States Sacramento Kings
10 David Rivers G   United States Los Angeles Lakers
12 Mark Davis G/F   United States Milwaukee Bucks
14 Scott Roth F   United States San Antonio Spurs
16 Shelton Jones F   United States Philadelphia 76ers
18 Eric White F   United States Los Angeles Clippers
20 Maurice Martin G/F   United States Denver Nuggets
22 Gunther Behnke C   West Germany Cleveland Cavaliers

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 34–7 22–19 19–9
x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 1 36–5 19–22 21–7
x-Dallas Mavericks 47 35 .573 9 30–11 17–24 17–11
x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 13 28–13 15–26 15–13
x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 15 31–10 10–31 13–15
Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 34 17–24 5–36 6–22
Charlotte Hornets 19 63 .232 37 13–28 6–35 7–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 63 19 .768
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 7
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 4
4 x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 47 35 .573 16
7 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 20
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 22
9 Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22
10 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 26
11 Los Angeles Clippers 30 52 .366 33
12 Sacramento Kings 23 59 .280 40
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 41
14 Charlotte Hornets 19 63 .232 44

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1989–90 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–3 2–0 0–5 2–3 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 5–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3
Charlotte 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 0–5 0–2
Chicago 5–0 2–2 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Dallas 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–3 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–2 4–1 0–2 2–2 0–4 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1
Detroit 2–3 2–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 5–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0
Golden State 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 2–2 3–2 1–3 2–3 2–2 1–1
Houston 0–2 0–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–4 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–1
Indiana 3–2 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
L.A. Clippers 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–5 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–4 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 5–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1
Miami 0–4 0–5 1–1 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 3–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–3
Milwaukee 2–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–2 5–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–4 1–3 0–5 1–1
New Jersey 2–2 1–5 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3
New York 3–1 1–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–0
Orlando 0–5 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–5 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4
Philadelphia 2–2 2–3 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 5–0 3–1 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 5–0 0–4 3–2 3–1 2–0
Portland 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–3 0–4 1–1 3–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–3 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–0
Utah 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–3 3–1 2–0
Washington 2–2 3–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–5 4–0 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game logEdit

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Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Tony Campbell* 82 81 38.6 .457 .167 .787 5.5 2.6 1.4 0.4 23.2
Tyrone Corbin 82 80 36.7 .481 .000 .770 7.4 2.6 2.1 0.5 14.7
Sam Mitchell* 80 30 30.2 .446 .000 .768 5.8 1.1 0.8 0.7 12.7
Pooh Richardson 82 48 31.5 461 .277 .589 2.6 6.8 1.6 0.3 11.4
Randy Breuer 51 47 26.0 .416 .000 .662 5.7 1.6 0.6 1.5 10.2
Tod Murphy 82 59 30.4 471 .372 .709 6.9 1.3 0.9 0.7 8.3
Brad Lohaus 28 24 21.1 .465 .063 .808 3.9 2.2 0.5 0.8 7.5
Scott Roth 71 3 14.9 .397 .356 .696 3.0 1.9 .7 .7 9.0
Adrian Branch* 66 0 11.3 .379 346 .746 1.6 1.6 0.7 0.1 6.8
Donald Royal 73 73 11.3 .470 .417 .850 2.1 0.7 0.5 0.1 5.9
Brad Sellers 14 0 8.1 .469 .000 .557 5.2 1.5 .8 2.0 8.8
Doug West 52 0 7.3 .517 .000 .763 3.0 .4 .3 .5 5.5
Sidney Lowe* 80 38 21.8 .498 .000 .703 5.2 1.1 .8 .7 11.7
Gary Leonard 22 0 5.8 .468 .440 .883 2.8 5.4 1.2 .1 11.8
Steve Johnson 4 0 4.3 .402 .359 .733 1.5 3.0 .7 .1 7.2

* – Stats with the Timberwolves.

Awards and honorsEdit

TransactionsEdit

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