The Minnesota Timberwolves surpassed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the franchise with the worst winning percentage of all active franchises in the history of American sports. At 987-1524 all-time and a winning percentage of 0.392, they’re officially the worst.The dumpster fire that is the Timberwolves franchise began in 1989 and has been owned by Glen Taylor since he purchased the team in ’94. A-Rod recently bought the Wolves, but Minnesota fans don’t seem too excited.
The only positive stretch of the franchise came thanks to the team’s best player of all time, Kevin Garnett. Garnett led the Wolves to the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons, which happen to be all but one of the trips they’ve ever made. Even when making the playoffs during that stretch, only once did the team make it out of the first round. The franchise has just 2 playoff series wins out of the 11 playoff series they’ve played in their 31 year history.
NegativesThe negatives on the other hand… that’s a laundry list of mistakes and failure. It takes a lot to be the worst out of all the teams in the big four professional sports leagues:
– Drafting Ray Allen, but trading him on draft night
– Illegal negotiations with Joe Smith, stripped of three first-round picks
– Traded future Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy… for Randy Foye
– Drafting two PGs, Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio, right before Steph Curry
– Taking Wesley Johnson a pick before Demarcus Cousins
– Selecting Derrick Williams second overall
– Signing Andrew Wiggins to a max-contract
– The Thibs Era
There are plenty more, the list of blunders is never-ending.
As I write this, the Wolves have just extended their “worst franchise in sports history” lead by losing to the Charlotte Hornets and #3 overall pick Lamelo Ball, who is running away with the Rookie of the Year. Minnesota had the first overall pick and took Anthony Edwards. Potentially another tally to the list when we look back in the future? Who knows… Great effort from the team tonight though, they really battled back from a deficit and only lost by…. 33. TO THE CHARLOTTE HORNETS. It was very, very ugly.The Wolves find themselves heading into the All-Star break at 7-28, losing 13 of their last 14, and in dead last in the NBA standings. What a joke.
If there’s a silver lining to being the laughing stock of American professional sports, it’s the current company on the list. Now sitting just better than the Timberwolves, are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers… the current Super Bowl champs. The next worst franchise in sports is the San Diego Padres, who have built the most exciting roster in baseball and are 9/1 (third-best odds) to win the 2021 World Series. Things are looking up for a couple of the gutter franchises, maybe the Timberwolves are next?
With Glen Taylor still at the helm, don’t hold your breath…