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.

Draft picks


Roster listing
2002–03 Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G7United StatesBrandon, Terrell Injured (IN)5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)180 lb (82 kg)Oregon
F/C21United StatesGarnett, Kevin6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)220 lb (100 kg)Farragut Academy (HS)
G/F9United StatesGill, Kendall6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)Illinois
G16United StatesHudson, Troy6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)170 lb (77 kg)Southern Illinois
C25United StatesJackson, Marc6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)270 lb (122 kg)Temple
G13Dominican RepublicLópez, Felipe Injured (IN)6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)180 lb (82 kg)St. John's
C8SloveniaNesterović, Rasho7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)255 lb (116 kg)Slovenia
G44United StatesPeeler, Anthony6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)208 lb (94 kg)Missouri
G36Serbia and MontenegroRakocevic, Igor Injured6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)183 lb (83 kg)Serbia
F32United StatesSmith, Joe6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)225 lb (102 kg)Maryland
G1United StatesStrickland, Rod6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)DePaul
G/F10United StatesSzczerbiak, Wally6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)244 lb (111 kg)Miami (OH)
F20United StatesTrent, Gary6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)250 lb (113 kg)Ohio
G29United StatesWilks, Mike5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)180 lb (82 kg)Rice
C3United StatesWoods, Loren7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)260 lb (118 kg)Arizona
Head coach

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



'Bold' = All-Star Selection

Roster Notes

  • 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.

Regular season

Season standings

z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(4) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Timberwolves and Lakers.

Player statistics

  GPGames 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



Awards and records


See also

Uses material from the Wikipedia article 2002–03 Minnesota Timberwolves season, released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.