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The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

Every Minnesota Timberwolves first-round draft pick has been noteworthy. The franchise started in 1989 and has yet to win an NBA championship despite drafting several great players.

Kevin Garnett, one of the best basketball players of all time, and Karl-Anthony Towns, among the best players in the NBA right now, stand out as the past and present faces of the franchise. Christian Laettner, one of Duke's best all-time players, also went to the Timberwolves in the draft after his college heroics. 

So, which of these players has delivered the best overall impact for the Timberwolves franchise? The stats below reflect only the players’ time spent with Minnesota, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Timberwolves?

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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (2015)

Stats
323 games played, 22.3 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 bpg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (2018, 2019)
All-NBA Third Team (2018)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2016)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

2
Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1992)

Stats
276 games played, 17.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.2 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (1997)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)

3
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1995)

Stats
970 games played, 19.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 bpg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
NBA Most Valuable Player (2004)
10× NBA All-Star (1997, 1998, 2000–2007)
3× All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2001, 2002, 2005)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2007)
6× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000–2005)
2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2006, 2007)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1996)

4
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (2009)

Stats
353 games played, 10.3 ppg, 8.5 apg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)

5
Pooh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 10 (1989)

Stats
246 games played, 15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.3. apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)

6
Zach LaVine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (2014)

Stats
206 games played, 13.7 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.9 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2015)

7
Corey Brewer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (2007)

Stats
337 games played, 9.9 ppg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg

8
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1999)

Stats
438 games played, 15.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (2002)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2000)

9
Donyell Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (1994)

Stats
40 games played, 10.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg

10
Josh Okogie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2018)

Stats
74 games played, 7.7 ppg

11
Gerald Glass is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (1990)

Stats
130 games played, 9.5 ppg

12
Isaiah Rider is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1993)

Stats
229 games played, 18.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1994)

13
Rasho Nesterovic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Rasho Nesterovic

Draft selection: 17 (1999)

Stats
316 games played, 7.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg

14
Felton Spencer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1990)

Stats
213 games played, 6.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1991)

15
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1996)

Stats
Never played for Timberwolves

16
O. J. Mayo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2008)

Stats
Never played for Timberwolves

17
Wesley Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (2010)

Stats
144 games played, 7.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2011)

18
Rashad McCants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (2005)

Stats
225 games played, 9.0 ppg

19
Jonny Flynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (2009)

Stats
134 games played, 10.2 ppg, 4.0 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2010)

20
Wayne Ellington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (2009)

Stats
189 games played, 6.5 ppg

21
William Avery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (1999)

Stats
142 games played, 2.7 ppg

22
Donatas Motiejūnas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2011)

Stats
Never played for Timberwolves

23
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 2 (2011)

Stats
155 games played, 10.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2012)

24
Luke Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 16 (2010)

Stats
Never played for Timberwolves

25
Andre Roberson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 26 (2013)

Stats
Never played for Timberwolves