2011-12 SEASON: Finished his fourth year with the Wolves by playing in 55 games, sitting out the final seven after suffering a concussion Apr. 11 at Denver… Earned Second Team All-NBA honors after ranking 4th in scoring (a franchise-record 26.0 ppg), 2nd in rebounding (13.3 rpg) and 2nd in minutes played (39.0 mpg); Kevin Garnett held the prior club single-season scoring mark at 24.2 ppg in 2003-04… Shot 44.8% from the field, 37.2% (105-for-282) from long range and 82.4% from the FT line, becoming only the third player in league history to average 25+ ppg and 10+ rpg while also sinking 50+ treys, joining Larry Bird (1984-85) and Charles Barkley (1992-93)… Also led the NBA in point/rebound double-doubles (48) and finished 4th in FTs made (379) and 5th in FT attempts (460)… Was Minnesota's top scorer 43 times and leading rebounder on 50 occasions; he tallied 20+ points on 46 occasions, including a club-record 19 games with 30 or more… Totaled 40 points and 19 rebounds Mar. 28 at Charlotte, his third 40+ effort in March (fourth career, tying Garnett's club record) and his 10th 30-point/15-rebound night this year; the rest of the league combined for nine such games… Poured in a club-record 51 points Mar. 23 at Oklahoma City, breaking Garnett's mark of 47 (Jan. 4, 2005 vs. Phoenix); the seven treys were also a career high… Pulled in his 3000th career rebound Mar. 7 vs. Portland, and overtook Sam Mitchell (3030) for 2nd place on the Wolves' career list Mar. 12 at Phoenix… Played his 250th game Mar. 5 vs. the L.A. Clippers, and scored his 4000th point Feb. 20 at Denver… Had 42 points Mar. 3 at Portland, and followed up with a 39-point effort vs. the Clippers; he averaged a league-best 30.7 ppg (46.4%) and 13.9 rpg in March… Tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the West in the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando; he also won the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest… Hit the game-winning FTs with :00.1 left Feb. 19 vs. Philadelphia; he sank a three-pointer as time expired to beat the L.A. Clippers on Jan. 20… Signed a four-year contract extension on Jan. 25… Saw his run of double-doubles halted at 15 Jan. 21 at Utah, the NBA's longest streak to open a season since Moses Malone reeled off 16 in a row in 1981-82… Totaled 31 points and 20 rebounds Dec. 27 at Milwaukee, setting franchise records with his 19-for-24 outing from the line.
2010-11 SEASON: Topped off his third season in the NBA by winning the league's Most Improved Player award, after registering career highs in scoring (20.2 ppg), rebounding (an NBA-best and franchise-record 15.2 rpg), assists (2.5 apg), minutes (35.8 mpg) and all three shooting categories… Hit 47.0% from the floor while ranking 18th in scoring, 14th in three-point accuracy (41.7%) and 28th in FT accuracy (85.0%)… Started all 73 of his appearances, missing the final six games (and nine of the last 11) due to a strained left groin… Became the first NBA player to average 20+ ppg and 15+ rpg since Moses Malone in 1982-83, and compiled the league's highest rebounding average since Ben Wallace hauled in 15.4 rpg in 2002-03… Broke Al Jefferson's club single-season mark for offensive rebounds (308 in 2007-08), finishing with a league-best 330… Was Minnesota's top scorer 41 times and also led in assists on nine occasions; he scored 20+ points 43 times… Saw his run of 53 straight point/rebound double-doubles halted Mar. 13 at Golden State; Kevin Garnett held the previous franchise record at 37 (Feb. 1-Nov. 6, 2006)… Posted his fourth 30/20 effort of the year Feb. 27 vs. Golden State (37 points, 23 rebounds); Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard recorded the only other such games in 2010-11… The 18-for-23 effort from the FT line vs. Golden State on Feb. 27 tied club records in both categories; he also surpassed the 3000-career-point mark in that game… Made his All-Star Game debut on Feb. 20 at Staples Center, scoring two points with four rebounds (in 11:44) in the Western Conference's 148-143 victory… He's the fifth player in franchise history to be chosen as an All-Star, and the first since Garnett in 2007… Led the Wolves across the board (pts/reb/ast) vs. Houston on Jan. 24, handing out a season-high seven assists… Scored 30+ points nine times, including four in January… Snagged his 2000th rebound Jan. 11 vs. San Antonio, and posted his 100th double-double Jan. 13 vs. Washington… Hauled in 24 rebounds Jan. 3 at Boston; he ranked 2nd in double-doubles (64) for the season behind Dwight Howard… Saw his consecutive FT streak ended at 46 on Dec. 3 at San Antonio… Erupted for a career-high 43 points Dec. 18 at Denver, and poured in 32 points with 22 rebounds Nov. 24 vs. San Antonio… Totaled 31 points and 31 boards Nov. 12 vs. New York, shattering Al Jefferson's single-game rebounding record (26 at Houston, Jan. 13, 2010)… He's the first NBA player to tally 30+ points and 30+ rebounds in the same game since Houston's Moses Malone (Feb. 11, 1982 vs. Seattle) and the first to grab 30+ rebounds since Charles Barkley had 33 for Houston at Phoenix on Nov. 2, 1996.
CAREER NOTES: Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft...Traded to Minnesota along with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and Mike Miller in exchange for Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker and the draft rights to O.J. Mayo on June 26, 2008... 2009-10: Completed his second year in Minnesota by seeing action in 60 games (22 starts)... Made his regular-season debut Dec. 4 at New Orleans, having been sidelined for the first 18 games due to a fractured fourth metacarpal (left hand) suffered Oct. 16 at Chicago; he underwent surgery on Oct. 20...Also missed two games (Jan. 18-20) due to an upper respiratory infection and two (Mar. 12-14) with a left mid-foot sprain... Was one of only 15 NBA players to average a double-double for the season, tallying 14.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg in 28.6 mpg... He shot 45.0% from the floor and 81.5% from the line, leading the Wolves with 276 FT attempts... Drained 35 three-pointers (at a 33.0% clip), after hitting only two as a rookie... Started the Apr. 7-9 games, his first since Jan. 23 at Milwaukee (after 30 straight bench outings); he tallied 15.3 ppg, 13.3 rpg and 2.8 apg in 22 starts overall... Was Minnesota's top rebounder on 35 occasions and leading scorer 11 times, collecting a team-best 36 point/rebound double-doubles (good for 11th in the NBA); the Jan. 2 game at Indiana ended his double-double string at 11... Scored 23 points and hauled in a career-high 22 rebounds Mar. 28 vs. Phoenix, becoming the fourth player in Wolves history to notch a 20/20 game (Garnett 26, Jefferson 5, Gugliotta)... Scored a then-career-high 25 points Jan. 31 vs. New York... Grabbed his 1000th rebound Jan. 13 at Houston, and went over the 1000-career-point mark Dec. 16 vs. the L.A. Clippers... Handed out a career-high nine assists Dec. 30 vs. Utah, and pulled in 19 rebounds Dec. 11 at the Lakers... Had his 2010-11 contract option exercised on Nov. 2... 2008-09: Completed his first NBA season by leading all rookies (and ranking 9th overall) in rebounding at 9.1 rpg... Broke the club single-season rookie rebounding record Apr. 11 vs. Phoenix, and ended the year with 734 to surpass Christian Laettner (708 in 1992-93)... Played in 81 games (including 37 starts), missing the Apr. 5 game vs. Denver due to the flu... Averaged 11.1 ppg (9th among rookies) while logging 25.3 mpg and shooting 45.9%; he boosted those numbers to 13.3 ppg (on 48.4% shooting) and 9.9 rpg after Jan. 1 (50 games)... Led the Wolves in FTs made and attempted by finishing 265-for-336 (78.9%); he averaged 7.9 FTAs/48 on the year...Also broke Laettner's franchise rookie mark for double-doubles, collecting his 29th (tops among NBA rookies this season) in the Apr. 15 finale vs. Sacramento... Named Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for March, the third Timberwolves player to claim those honors (Stephon Marbury, Randy Foye)... Led Minnesota in scoring on seven occasions, including a 23-point effort Mar. 31 vs. Dallas; he was the top rebounder 36 times... Pulled down 19 rebounds Mar. 17 at San Antonio, one short of Dean Garrett's franchise rookie record and the 2nd-highest total by an NBA rookie on the season (the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 at Golden State on Jan. 25)... Led the NBA in offensive rebounds per 48 (6.4); his 274 offensive boards ranked 3rd behind Orlando's Dwight Howard (336) and Charlotte's Emeka Okafor (275), and represent the 2nd-highest season total in franchise history (Al Jefferson, 308 in 2007-08)... Tallied a season-high 24 points (with 15 rebounds) Feb. 25 vs. Utah, and dished a season-high four assists Mar. 11 vs. Memphis; he blocked four shots Mar. 13 vs. New York.
COLLEGE NOTES: Earned consensus First Team All-American honors... Named to the Wooden Award All-America Team and was a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards... Named Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming only the second freshman in league history to earn the honor... Also named conference Freshman of the Year, earned First Team All-Conference and All-Freshman Team honors, and was an Honorable Mention selection for the league’s All-Defensive Team... Set school freshman single-season records for points scored (681) and rebounds (415)... 2007-08: Led team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 rpg)... Scored in double figures in every game and topped the 20-point mark 11 times... Posted 23 double-doubles...Tallied 26 points and 18 rebounds at Oregon... Scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds at Oregon State, the first time a UCLA player had logged 20 or more rebounds in 30 years... Recorded 18 points and 16 rebounds at Maryland... Notched 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Arizona and logged 24 points and 15 rebounds in the rematch... Posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high five assists vs. Stanford... Registered 22 points and 13 rebounds in his collegiate debut vs. Portland State...Tallied 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots vs. Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament... Recorded a career-high 29 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots vs.Western Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen... Notched a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Xavier in the Regional Finals.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES: Named 2007 Gatorade National Male Athlete of the Year... Earned the 2007 Naismith, Wooden, USA Today, National High School Coaches Association, McDonald's and Parade Magazine Male High School Player of the Year awards... Became the first player in state history to be named player of the year three times, winning the award outright his sophomore and junior seasons and sharing the award his senior season with Duke’s Kyle Singler... Honored as a McDonald's All-American as a senior... Set the Oregon state prep career scoring record with 2,628 points... Helped Lake Oswego High School reach the state 4A tournament four straight years, the state championship game three straight years, and a state title in 2006 Player Profile >