Top 5 Point Guards in Minnesota T-Wolves Franchise’s History
5. Troy Hudson
If not for Troy Hudson’s affinity for getting hurt, he might have found himself way higher up on this list. “T-Hud”, as he was affectionately referred to, had two healthy seasons in Minnesota, and three that were marred by injury. He was a very nice scorer manning the point guard position, however his injuries forced Minnesota to acquire Sam Cassell to take his spot in the starting lineup. The highlight of his tenure was the playoff series against the Lakers in 2002-03. Hudson averaged 23.5 points and earned himself the nickname “The Laker Killer”. Unfortunately, injuries caused his career to flame out early. He is now a rapper under the alias T-Hud. Pretty interesting stuff, Troy Hudson everybody, the fifth greatest point guard in Minnesota Timberwolves history.
4. Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio was fifth pick overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Timberwolves, making him the first player born in the 1990s to be drafted by the NBA. Ever since then, Rubio has developed into one of the league’s best passers and playmakers. Rubio has averaged 8.2 assists per game on his career, having come in with a career-high 8.8 assists per game during the 2014-2015 regular season. A good defender, the Spaniard has active hands and averages an impressive 2.3 steals per game throughout his four seasons in the league, although that number fell to just 1.7 during Rubio’s injury-hit 2014-2015 season.
The one – admittedly large – deficit in Rubio’s game is his inability to shoot. He has shot just 36.7% from the floor for his career, and an abominable 31.4% from beyond the arc. Rubio is no doubt one of the top playmaking point guards in the league, but his complete inability to shoot from almost anywhere on the floor dramatically scales back the point guard’s overall effectiveness. Still, he continues to improve and I think he has a bright future in the NBA. No doubt he has earned his spot on this list, I just hope he can continue to move on up.
3. Terrell Brandon
Terrell Brandon found himself in Minnesota after Stephon Marbury quickly wore out his welcome and was dealt to New Jersey in a three-team deal. Even into his early thirties, Brandon was a tremendous distributor and defender. He also could hold his own in the scoring department, averaging 15.6 points during his days with with the T-Wolves. He was also known for his quick hands, averaging just under two steals per game over this three-year span. Unfortunately, injuries did get the best of him during his third year, eventually leading to his premature exit from the NBA.
That does not take away from him being likely the most accomplished passer this franchise has had. Brandon is also first in team history in free-throw percentage at just a hair under 90 percent. Another contribution Brandon made to the team was the grooming he did of Minnesota’s next young star point guard, Chauncey Billups – even though it was more so beneficial to his next teams. Like seemingly every good point guard they have had, Billups jumped ship and went straight to Detroit to bring home a title. Nevertheless, Brandon played his heart out and will always be remembered as a great Minnesota Timberwolf.