In 1994-95 the Minnesota Timberwolves set an NBA record by losing at least 60 games for the fourth consecutive season. Under first-year coach Bill Blair, the club finished at 21-61 and in last place in the Midwest Division. The Wolves had trouble scoring and rebounding. Minnesota ranked 26th in offensive production at 94.2 points per game, breaking the old franchise record low of 95.2 points per contest set in 1989-90. The Wolves were outrebounded by an average of 6.1 boards per game, the largest margin in the league. They were the only team to grab fewer than 3,000 rebounds on the season. Minnesota was swept by 10 teams and won only one game against a club with a winning record.
Nonetheless, the team had some good basketball players. Christian Laettner shot .544 from the floor in the second half, and in his last 24 outings he averaged 18.7 points to boost his season scoring average to 16.3 points per game. Isaiah Rider averaged 20.4 points to rank 19th in the league in scoring and eighth among guards.
First-round draft pick Donyell Marshall lasted only half the season with Minnesota before being traded to the Golden State Warriors for Tom Gugliotta. Of the team's seven first-round draft choices in its first six seasons, only Laettner and Rider were on the roster at the conclusion of the 1994-95 campaign. Gugliotta contributed 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.97 steals per outing while with the Wolves. Point guard Micheal Williams missed all but one game with a foot injury.
At season's end, former Boston Celtics star Kevin McHale took over as the Timberwolves' vice president of basketball operations, replacing retiring general manager Jack McCloskey. McHale got to work quickly, as he made a bold selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, taking high-school phenom Kevin Garnett with the fifth overall pick.