2016–17 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 2016–17 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the 28th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). On April 20, 2016, the Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach.[1] On September 23, 2016, Kevin Garnett would officially retire from the NBA, thus ending his 21-year career in the process. On April 11, 2017, the Timberwolves would unveil a new logo and new uniforms to enter the next season. They improved their 29–53 output from the previous season, but missed the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season, tying the record for the longest playoff drought in NBA history.[2]

2016–17 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coachTom Thibodeau
General managerScott Layden
OwnersGlen Taylor
ArenaTarget Center
Results
Record31–51 (.378)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Northwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports North
RadioWCCO
< 2015–16 2017–18 >

DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Kris Dunn PG   United States Providence

RosterEdit

Roster listing
2016–17 Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 45 Aldrich, Cole 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1988-10-31 Kansas
SF 88 Bjelica, Nemanja   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1988-05-09 Serbia
SF 18 Casspi, Omri 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1988-06-22 Israel
PF 5 Dieng, Gorgui 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1990-01-18 Louisville
PG 3 Dunn, Kris 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994-03-18 Providence
C 27 Hill, Jordan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1987-07-27 Arizona
PG 1 Jones, Tyus 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-05-10 Duke
SG 8 LaVine, Zach   6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-03-10 UCLA
SF 15 Muhammad, Shabazz 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 223 lb (101 kg) 1992-11-13 UCLA
PF 33 Payne, Adreian 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 237 lb (108 kg) 1991-02-19 Michigan State
C 14 Peković, Nikola   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 307 lb (139 kg) 1986-01-03 Montenegro
PG 9 Rubio, Ricky 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990-10-21 Spain
SG 4 Rush, Brandon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985-07-07 Kansas
C 32 Towns, Karl-Anthony (C) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 244 lb (111 kg) 1995-11-15 Kentucky
SG 22 Wiggins, Andrew (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-02-23 Kansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2017-04-03

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yUtah Jazz 51 31 .622 0.0 29–12 22–19 8–8 82
xOklahoma City Thunder 47 35 .573 4.0 28–13 19–22 10–6 82
xPortland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 10.0 25–16 16–25 11–5 82
Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 11.0 22–19 18–23 6–10 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 31 51 .378 20.0 20–21 11–30 5–11 82


ConferenceEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zGolden State Warriors * 67 15 .817 82
2 ySan Antonio Spurs * 61 21 .744 6.0 82
3 xHouston Rockets 55 27 .671 12.0 82
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 51 31 .622 16.0 82
5 yUtah Jazz * 51 31 .622 16.0 82
6 xOklahoma City Thunder 47 35 .573 20.0 82
7 xMemphis Grizzlies 43 39 .524 24.0 82
8 xPortland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 26.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 27.0 82
10 New Orleans Pelicans 34 48 .415 33.0 82
11 Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 34.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 32 50 .390 35.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 31 51 .378 36.0 82
14 Los Angeles Lakers 26 56 .317 41.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 24 58 .293 43.0 82

Game logEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

2016 pre-season game log
Total: 5–2 (Home: 3–0; Road: 2–2)
2016–17 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 game log
Total: 31–51 (Home: 20–21; Road: 11–30)
2016–17 season schedule

TransactionsEdit

Free agentsEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed
Gorgui Dieng[3] 4-year contract extension worth $64 million

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former Team
Brandon Rush[4] 1-year contract worth $3.5 million Golden State Warriors
Cole Aldrich[5] 3-year contract worth $22 million Los Angeles Clippers
Jordan Hill[6] 2-year contract worth $8 million Indiana Pacers
John Lucas III[7] 1-year contract worth $635,753 Piratas de Quebradillas
Lance Stephenson[8][9] 10-day contract worth $72,193 New Orleans Pelicans
Omri Casspi[10] 1-year contract worth $185,710 New Orleans Pelicans

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left New team
John Lucas III[11] Waived
Lance Stephenson[12] 3-year contract worth $12 million Indiana Pacers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Krawczynski, Jon. "Timberwolves hire Thibodeau as coach, president". NBA.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Schuhmann, John. "With addition of Jimmy Butler, young Wolves get needed leader to help franchise end playoff drought". NBA.com. National Basketball Association.
  3. ^ "Timberwolves sign Gorgui Dieng to contract extension". nba.com/timberwolves. October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  4. ^ "Timberwolves sign guard/forward Brandon Rush". nba.com/timberwolves. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Timberwolves sign center Cole Aldrich". nba.com/timberwolves. July 13, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Timberwolves sign forward/center Jordan Hill". nba.com/timberwolves. July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Timberwolves announce 2016-17 training camp roster". nba.com/timberwolves. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "Timberwolves sign guard Lance Stephenson to 10-day contract". nba.com/timberwolves. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Timberwolves sign guard Lance Stephenson to second 10-day contract". nba.com/timberwolves. March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Timberwolves sign Omri Casspi". nba.com/timberwolves. March 20, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Timberwolves waive John Lucas III". nba.com/timberwolves. February 3, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "Pacers sign Lance Stephenson". nba.com/pacers. March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2017.