2002–03 Minnesota Timberwolves season
The 2002–03 NBA season was the 14th season the Timberwolves has competed in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Timberwolves signed free agents Troy Hudson and Kendall Gill. Kevin Garnett performed well throughout the season, winning the All-Star MVP award in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, and finishing second in MVP voting behind MVP Tim Duncan. Despite losing Terrell Brandon for the entire season to a knee injury, the Timberwolves posted a 12–1 record in February and finished the season with a 51–31 record, good enough to earn the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home court advantage.
However, for the seventh straight year in the Garnett era, the Timberwolves did not make it out of the first round of the playoffs. They lost to 5th seeds and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Following the season, Joe Smith was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, Anthony Peeler signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings, and Gill signed with the Chicago Bulls.
|2002–03 Minnesota Timberwolves roster|
'Bold' = All-Star Selection
- Guard Terrell Brandon missed the entire season due to a knee injury.
- Guard Felipe Lopez missed the entire season due to a torn ACL and MCL in left knee.
- z - clinched division title
- y - clinched division title
- x - clinched playoff spot
Record vs. opponents
West First Round
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
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Awards and records
- Kevin Garnett, All-NBA First Team
- Kevin Garnett, NBA All-Defensive First Team
- Kevin Garnett, NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award