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2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the 23rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In their first season with head coach Rick Adelman, the team finished the lockout-shortened season with a 26–40 record, nine wins above their previous season and finished in 12th place in the Western Conference. This season saw the debut of 2009 draftee Ricky Rubio, who was a contender for the Rookie of the Year Award until he tore his ACL and his lateral collateral ligament after colliding into Kobe Bryant during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers and was out for the rest of the season.[1][2] Following the season, Brad Miller retired.

2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coachRick Adelman
General managerDavid Kahn
Owner(s)Glen Taylor
ArenaTarget Center
Results
Record26–40 (.394)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Northwest)
Conference: 12th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports North
RadioWCCO-AM 830
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Contents

Key datesEdit

SummaryEdit

NBA draft 2011Edit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Derrick Williams Small forward / Power forward   United States Arizona
1 20 Donatas Motiejūnas (traded to Houston Rockets) Power forward / Center   Lithuania Lithuania
1 23 Nikola Mirotić (from Houston Rockets traded to Chicago Bulls) Power forward   Spain Spain
1 28 Norris Cole (from Chicago Bulls traded to Miami Heat) Point guard   United States Cleveland State
2 31 Bojan Bogdanović (from Miami Heat traded to New Jersey Nets) Small forward   Croatia Croatia
2 38 Chandler Parsons (traded back to Houston Rockets for cash) Power forward   United States Florida
2 43 Malcolm Lee (from Chicago Bulls) Shooting guard   United States UCLA
2 57 Tanguy Ngombo (from Portland Trail Blazers) Small forward   Qatar Qatar

RosterEdit

2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 11 Barea, José Juan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1984-06-26 Northeastern
F 8 Beasley, Michael 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989-01-09 Kansas State
G 22 Ellington, Wayne 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1987-11-29 North Carolina
G/F 4 Johnson, Wesley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1987-07-11 Syracuse
G 3 Lee, Malcolm 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1990-05-22 UCLA
C 31 Miličić, Darko 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1985-06-20 Serbia
C 52 Miller, Brad 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 261 lb (118 kg) 1976-04-12 Purdue
C 14 Peković, Nikola 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 290 lb (132 kg) 1986-01-03 Montenegro
F 15 Randolph, Anthony 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1989-07-15 LSU
G 13 Ridnour, Luke 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1981-02-13 Oregon
G 9 Rubio, Ricky 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1990-10-21 Spain
F 44 Tolliver, Anthony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1985-06-01 Creighton
G/F 5 Webster, Martell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986-12-04 Seattle Prep (WA)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Pre-seasonEdit

Due to the 2011 NBA lockout negotiations, the programmed pre-season schedule, along with the first two weeks of the regular season were scrapped, and a two-game pre-season was set for each team once the lockout concluded.


2011 pre-season game log
2011–12 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Oklahoma City Thunder 47 19 .712 0.0 26–7 21–12 10–3 66
x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .576 9.0 20–13 18–15 6–7 66
x-Utah Jazz 36 30 .545 11.0 25–8 11–22 9–4 66
Portland Trail Blazers 28 38 .424 19.0 20–13 8–25 4–10 66
Minnesota Timberwolves 26 40 .394 21.0 13–20 13–20 4–9 66


Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-San Antonio Spurs * 50 16 .758 66
2 y-Oklahoma City Thunder * 47 19 .712 3.0 66
3 y-Los Angeles Lakers * 41 25 .621 9.0 66
4 x-Memphis Grizzlies 41 25 .621 9.0 66
5 x-Los Angeles Clippers 40 26 .606 10.0 66
6 x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .576 12.0 66
7 x-Dallas Mavericks 36 30 .545 14.0 66
8 x-Utah Jazz 36 30 .545 14.0 66
9 Houston Rockets 34 32 .515 16.0 66
10 Phoenix Suns 33 33 .500 17.0 66
11 Portland Trail Blazers 28 38 .424 22.0 66
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 26 40 .394 24.0 66
13 Golden State Warriors 23 43 .348 27.0 66
14 Sacramento Kings 22 44 .333 28.0 66
15 New Orleans Hornets 21 45 .318 29.0 66

Game logEdit

2011–12 game log
Total: 26–40 (Home: 13–20; Road: 13–20)
2011–12 season schedule

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
José Juan Barea 41 11 25.2 .400 .371 .776 2.8 5.7 .5 .0 11.3
Michael Beasley 47 7 23.1 .445 .376 .642 4.4 1.0 .4 .4 11.5
Wayne Ellington 51 4 19.1 .404 .324 .800 1.9 .6 .5 .2 6.1
Wesley Johnson 65 64 22.6 .398 .314 .706 2.7 .9 .5 .7 6.0
Malcolm Lee 19 0 12.8 .390 .200 .824 1.4 1.6 .4 .2 3.3
Kevin Love 55 55 39.0 .448 .372 .824 13.3 2.0 .9 .5 26.0
Darko Miličić 29 23 16.3 .454 .432 3.3 .6 .3 .9 4.6
Brad Miller 15 1 9.7 .333 .467 .833 1.3 1.6 .3 .1 2.3
Nikola Peković 47 35 26.9 .564 .743 7.4 .7 .6 .7 13.9
Anthony Randolph 34 5 15.2 .470 .000 .762 3.6 .6 .4 1.0 7.4
Luke Ridnour 53 53 33.0 .440 .322 .891 2.7 4.8 1.1 .3 12.1
Ricky Rubio 41 31 34.2 .357 .340 .803 4.2 8.2 2.2 .2 10.6
Anthony Tolliver 51 0 17.3 .390 .248 .745 3.0 .4 .4 .4 4.1
Martell Webster 47 26 24.3 .423 .339 .792 3.6 .9 .7 .4 6.9
Derrick Williams 66 15 21.5 .412 .268 .697 4.7 .6 .5 .5 8.8

Awards and recordsEdit

All-StarEdit

Injuries and disciplinary actionsEdit

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency

TradesEdit

June 23, 2011 To Minnesota Timberwolves
Brad Miller
Draft rights to Nikola Mirotić
Draft rights to Chandler Parsons
Future first round pick
To Houston Rockets
Jonny Flynn
Draft rights to Donatas Motiejūnas
2012 second round pick
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Draft rights to Norris Cole
Draft rights to Malcolm Lee
Cash considerations
To Chicago Bulls
Draft rights to Nikola Mirotić
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Draft rights to Bojan Bogdanović
2014 second round pick
Cash considerations
To Miami Heat
Draft rights to Norris Cole
To Minnesota Timberwolves
2013 second round pick
Cash considerations
To New Jersey Nets
Draft rights to Bojan Bogdanović
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Cash considerations
To Houston Rockets
Draft rights to Chandler Parsons
June 27, 2011 To Minnesota Timberwolves
Draft rights to Tanguy Ngombo
To Portland Trail Blazers
Future second round pick
December 13, 2011 To Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Vaden
2012 second round pick
Future second round pick
To Oklahoma City Thunder
Lazar Hayward

Free agentsEdit

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
José Juan Barea December 14 Dallas Mavericks
Subtractions
Player Date signed New team
Sebastian Telfair December 9 Phoenix Suns

Many players signed with teams from other leagues due to the 2011 NBA lockout. FIBA allows players under NBA contracts to sign and play for teams from other leagues if the contracts have opt-out clauses that allow the players to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.[14] The Chinese Basketball Association, however, only allows its clubs to sign foreign free agents who could play for at least the entire season.[15]

Played in other leagues during lockout
Player Date signed New team Opt-out clause
Nikola Peković August 16 KK Partizan (Serbia) Yes

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ricky Rubio has torn ACL". ESPN. March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7729283/minnesota-timberwolves-expect-ricky-rubio-back-6-9-months
  3. ^ http://www.nba.com/draft/2011/
  4. ^ "Irving, Rubio take Rookie of the Month honors for January". NBA.com. February 1, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-11. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Irving, Rubio headline 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team". NBA.com. NBA.com. May 22, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "LeBron, Durant highlight 2011-12 All-NBA First Team". NBA.com. NBA.com. May 24, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-18. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Kevin Love's 51-point night not enough as Wolves fall to Thunder in two OTs, Star Tribune. March 24, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Brad Miller could miss six months after knee surgery, Sporting News. Jun 5, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  9. ^ Brad Miller 2011-12 Game Log, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  10. ^ Malcolm Lee Injury: Timberwolves Rookie Sidelined For Six Weeks, SB Nation. December 30, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  11. ^ Martell Webster has another back surgery, Star Tribune. December 10, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Martell Webster returns to practice, ESPN.com. January 17, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  13. ^ Wolves' Kevin Love suspended 2 games, ESPN.com. February 7, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  14. ^ "FIBA: NBA stars can play overseas". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  15. ^ Sun Xiaochen (August 21, 2011). "New rule shuts door on NBA stars". China Daily. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011.