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2003–04 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 2003–04 NBA season was the 15th season for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Timberwolves signed free agents Michael Olowakandi and Trenton Hassell. With a Western Conference-best 58–24 finish, the Wolves set the franchise record for wins, and won its first and only division championship. Power forward Kevin Garnett averaged 24.2 points, a league-high 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.2 blocks per game, winning the regular season Most Valuable Player Award.

2003–04 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Division Champions
Head coach Flip Saunders
General manager Kevin McHale
Owner(s) Glen Taylor
Arena Target Center
Results
Record 58–24 (.707)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish Western Conference Finals
(Lost to Lakers 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports North
Radio KFAN
< 2002–03 2004–05 >

In the first round of the playoffs, the Timberwolves defeated the Denver Nuggets in five games, winning their first ever playoff series. The Wolves were then pushed to the limit in the semifinals by the Sacramento Kings, who they narrowly defeated in a deciding seventh game. In the Western Conference Finals, they faced a Los Angeles Lakers team featuring Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone, who defeated them in six games. As of 2017, the Timberwolves have not made it back to the playoffs.

The season is memorable, acquiring 4-time All-Star but controversial guard Latrell Sprewell, who was known his choking incident with then-Warriors head coach P.J. Carlesimo, and helping the 8th-seeded New York Knicks to the NBA Finals in 1999,[2] and Sam Cassell, who was known for winning two championships with the Houston Rockets, and his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he helped guide the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001,[3] to join Garnett, forming a "Big 3". Garnett, Cassell, and coach Flip Saunders represented the Western Conference in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. The 2004 All-Star game was Cassell's only All-Star appearance in his career.

The team's season roster is featured in the video games NBA 2K16 [4], NBA 2K17, and NBA 2K18.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Ndudi Ebi Forward   Nigeria
2 55 Rick Rickert Forward   United States Minnesota

RosterEdit

2003–04 Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 19 Cassell, Sam 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1969-11-18 Florida State
F 44 Ebi, Ndudi   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1984-06-18 Westbury Christian (HS)
F/C 21 Garnett, Kevin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1976-05-19 Farragut Academy (HS)
G/F 23 Hassell, Trenton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1979-03-04 Austin Peay State
G 32 Hoiberg, Fred 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 1972-10-15 Iowa State
G 16 Hudson, Troy   6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1976-03-13 Southern Illinois
C 40 Johnson, Ervin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1967-12-21 New Orleans
F/C 35 Madsen, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1976-01-28 Stanford
G 15 Martin, Darrick 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1971-03-06 UCLA
C 3 Miller, Oliver 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1970-04-06 Arkansas
C 34 Olowokandi, Michael 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 269 lb (122 kg) 1975-04-03 Pacific
G/F 8 Sprewell, Latrell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1970-09-08 Alabama
G/F 10 Szczerbiak, Wally 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 244 lb (111 kg) 1977-03-05 Miami (OH)
F 20 Trent, Gary 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1974-09-22 Ohio
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Minnesota Timberwolves 58 24 .707 31–10 27–14 14–10
x-San Antonio Spurs 57 25 .695 1 33–8 24–17 15–9
x-Dallas Mavericks 52 30 .634 6 36–5 16–25 14–10
x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 8 31–10 19–22 12–12
x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13 27–14 18–23 8–16
x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 15 29–12 14–27 11–13
Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 16 28–13 14–27 10–14
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Minnesota Timberwolves 58 24 .707
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 2
3 x-San Antonio Spurs 57 25 .695 1
4 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3
5 x-Dallas Mavericks 52 30 .634 6
6 x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 8
7 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13
8 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 15
9 Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 16
10 Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 17
11 Seattle SuperSonics 37 45 .451 21
12 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 21
13 Phoenix Suns 29 53 .354 29
14 Los Angeles Clippers 28 54 .341 30


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2003-04 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Boston 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1
Chicago 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–3
Cleveland 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–2
Dallas 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–0
Detroit 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0
Golden State 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–0
Indiana 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
L.A. Clippers 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–0
Memphis 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–0
Miami 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–0
Milwaukee 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0
New Jersey 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0
New Orleans 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 3–1
New York 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–0
Orlando 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 4–0
Philadelphia 2–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
Portland 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0
Seattle 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 1–1
Toronto 3–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3
Utah 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1
Washington 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (8) Denver Nuggets: Timberwolves win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Timberwolves and Nuggets.

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (4) Sacramento Kings Timberwolves win series 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Timberwolves and Kings.

West Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 2003 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 4-2)

Awards and honorsEdit

Week/MonthEdit

  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played November 16 through November 22.
  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 14 through December 20.
  • Sam Cassell was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 21 through December 27.
  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 18 through January 24.
  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 25 through January 31.
  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Month for December.
  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Month for January.
  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.
  • Kevin Garnett was named Western Conference Player of the Month for April.
  • Flip Saunders was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for April.

All-StarEdit

  • Kevin Garnett was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his seventh consecutive All-Star selection. Garnett finished first among Western Conference players in voting with 1,780,918 votes.
  • Sam Cassell was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his first and only All-Star selection.
  • Flip Saunders coached the Western Conference to a 136–132 victory over the Eastern Conference.

SeasonEdit

Injuries/Missed gamesEdit

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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

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Sam Cassell 81 81 35.0 .488 .398 .873^ 3.3 7.3 1.3 .2 19.8
Ndudi Ebi 17 0 1.9 .429 . .250 0.2 0.2 .0 .2 0.8
Kevin Garnett 82 82 39.4 .499 .256 .791 13.9 5.0 1.5 2.2 24.2
Anthony Goldwire* 5 0 13.2 .357 .333 1.000^ 1.2 2.0 .6 .0 2.6
Trenton Hassell 81 74 28.0 .465 .308 .787 3.2 1.6 .4 .7 5.0
Fred Hoiberg 79 3 22.8 .465 .442 .845 3.4 1.4 .8 .1 6.7
Troy Hudson 29 1 17.3 .386 .403 .818 1.2 2.4 .2 .0 7.5
Ervin Johnson 66 47 14.6 .534 .000 .607 3.5 0.4 .4 .7 1.9
Quincy Lewis 14 0 4.6 .350 .400 . 0.5 0.1 .1 .1 1.1
Mark Madsen 72 12 17.3 .495 .000 .483 3.8 0.4 .5 .3 3.6
Darrick Martin 16 0 10.8 .299 .231 1.000^ 0.4 1.4 .1 .1 3.4
Keith McLeod 33 0 11.8 .329 .100 .767 1.0 1.8 .5 .0 2.7
Oliver Miller 48 1 10.5 .530 .000 .652 2.7 0.8 .4 .5 2.5
Michael Olowokandi 43 25 21.5 .425 . .590 5.7 0.6 .4 1.6 6.5
Latrell Sprewell 82 82 37.8 .409 .331 .814 3.8 3.5 1.1 .3 16.8
Wally Szczerbiak 28 0 22.2 .449 .435 .828 3.1 1.2 .4 .0 10.2
Gary Trent 68 2 15.1 .473 .000 .758 3.2 0.7 .2 .3 5.6

* – Stats with the Timberwolves.
^ – Minimum 125 free throws made.

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Sam Cassell 16 15 31.1 .465 .417 .852 2.5 4.4 .8 .2 16.6
Kevin Garnett 18 18 43.5 .452 .313 .776 14.6 5.1 1.3 2.3 24.3
Trenton Hassell 18 18 26.2 .521 .500^ .813 2.4 1.5 .6 .4 7.7
Fred Hoiberg 18 0 24.3 .453 .458^ .938 3.7 1.3 .9 .0 6.4
Ervin Johnson 18 16 19.8 .500 . .625 4.7 0.7 .6 .6 2.7
Mark Madsen 17 0 13.1 .531 . .448 3.4 0.1 .3 .2 2.8
Darrick Martin 16 3 11.4 .275 .300 .800 0.9 1.4 .3 .0 3.1
Oliver Miller 8 0 3.9 .250 . .500 0.6 0.1 .0 .4 0.4
Michael Olowokandi 15 2 14.9 .324 .000 .875 3.5 0.1 .1 .7 2.1
Latrell Sprewell 18 18 42.8 .421 .385 .779 4.4 4.0 1.6 .7 19.8
Wally Szczerbiak 12 0 24.8 .420 .345 .927 3.3 1.7 .5 .2 11.8
Gary Trent 13 0 5.5 .320 .000 .625 0.9 0.2 .0 .0 1.6

† – Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 5 three-pointers made.

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 27, 2003
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Minnesota Timberwolves----
July 23, 2003
To Philadelphia 76ers---- To Atlanta Hawks----
To New York Knicks---- To Minnesota Timberwolves----

Free agentsEdit

AdditionsEdit

Date Player Contract Former Team
July 16, 2003 Michael Olowokandi Signed 3-year contract for $16.2 million Los Angeles Clippers
July 28, 2003 Fred Hoiberg Signed 1-year contract for $938,679 Chicago Bulls
July 28, 2003 Mark Madsen Signed 2-year contract for $1.4 million Los Angeles Lakers
September 30, 2003 Quincy Lewis Undisclosed Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
September 30, 2003 Keith McLeod Undisclosed Basket Livorno (Italy)
October 25, 2003 Keith McLeod Undisclosed Minnesota Timberwolves
October 29, 2003 Trenton Hassell Signed 1-year contract for $638,679 Chicago Bulls
December 13, 2003 Oliver Miller Signed 1-year contract for $686,838 Fujian Xunxing (China)
January 7, 2004 Anthony Goldwire Signed two 10-day contracts Yakima Sun Kings (CBA)
January 30, 2004 Darrick Martin Signed two 10-day contracts Harlem Globetrotters
March 31, 2004 Darrick Martin Signed for rest of season Minnesota Timberwolves

SubtractionsEdit

Date Player Reason Left New Team
May 7, 2003 Igor Rakočević Waived Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
October 21, 2003 Keith McLeod Waived Minnesota Timberwolves
December 20, 2003 Quincy Lewis Waived Lucentum Alicante (Spain)
January 7, 2004 Keith McLeod Waived Yakima Sun Kings (CBA)
January 26, 2004 Anthony Goldwire Waived Aris (Greece)
February 20, 2004 Darrick Martin 10-day contract expired Minnesota Timberwolves

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Isola, Frank (July 24, 2003). "Knicks send Sprewell packing: Trade nets Van Horn". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Timberwolves Get Cassell". Los Angeles Times. June 28, 2003. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ Lelinwalla, Mark (September 11, 2015). "'NBA 2K16': All The Classic Teams Announced". Tech Times. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Basketball Transactions Search Results". prosportstransactions.com. 
  6. ^ "2003-04 Minnesota Timberwolves Transactions". basketball-reference.com.