Timberwolves In November 2013: By The Numbers



A Look At November 2013: By The Numbers



As the Wolves begin the month of December, here is a look back at some of the noteworthy stats in November. The Wolves’ 9-9 record equaled their best record through 18 games since going 12-6 in 2005-06, and a lot of that had to do with big months from Kevin Love, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer and Ricky Rubio. Take a look:

  • Thanks in large part to the scoring prowess of Kevin Love and Kevin Martin, the Wolves are averaging 106.1 ppg, good for third-best in the NBA. Through 18 games a year ago Minnesota was averaging a mere 93.2 ppg. The Wolves’ best single-season scoring mark is 101.1 ppg (2X, MR: 2010-11). Minnesota has scored 100+ points 14 times this season, compared to twice at this time last year.

  • Minnesota has gotten off to a fast start in the opening quarters this season, averaging 30.4 first-quarter points, first in the NBA. The Wolves scored a single-quarter franchise record 47 points at Los Angeles on Nov. 10, the most points in any quarter by an NBA team since Denver poured in 48 vs. Seattle (en route to a 168-116 victory) on Mar. 16, 2008. The Wolves are 9-3 when leading after the first quarter this season.

  • The Wolves have used just two starting lineups this season (11/13 vs. CLE – Martin DND (sick)); they used 16 different starting fives a year ago, including seven in the team’s first 18 games.

  • Minnesota is 9-3 when hitting 7+ three-pointers (0-6 when less than seven) and has made 10+ three-pointers seven times in 18 contests this season.

  • The Wolves stand 3rd in FTs made per game (21.1), 3rd in FT accuracy (80.7%) and 7th in fouls drawn (22.4 per game). Meanwhile, at the other end, Minnesota's opponents are attempting just 17.9 FTs per night, the 2ndfewest the NBA; they set a franchise single-game record low with nine fouls on Nov. 30 at Dallas.

  • Minnesota played 18 games through the season’s first 32 days, the most amount of games through November in franchise history. Only Boston (7-12) has played more games thus far.

  • Saturday's game began a 17-day stretch in which Minnesota plays seven of nine away from Target Center… Beginning on Nov. 22 at Houston, the combined record of the Wolves’ seven subsequent opponents (as of Dec. 1) is 85-29 (.746); the combined record of the Wolves’ next three opponents (Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Miami) is 38-9 (.809). Overall, 15 of Minnesota's first 21 starts this season are against 2013 playoff teams, including two each vs. Oklahoma City and the L.A. Clippers.


  • A historic first 18 games for Kevin Love:

  • Love is the first player since the 1985-86 season to record 425+ points, 240+ rebounds and 75+ assists through a team’s first 18 games of season.

  • Love ranks 4th in the NBA in scoring (24.1 ppg), 1st in rebounding (13.7 rpg) and 6th among forwards in assists (4.2 apg).

  • Through 18 games Love is nearly doubling his single-season career best assists average (2.5), averaging 4.2 assist per game. He has dished out 5+ assists seven times (38.9%) already after only having accomplished the feat 19 times in 287 (6.6%) career contests coming into this season.

  • Love has recorded a double-double 17 times this season, equaling the most in a team’s first 18 games by any individual player since 1985-86 season (Kevin Willis, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber); Love needs double-doubles in each of next three games to become the first player since 1985-86 to have double-doubles in 20 of a team’s first 21 games of a season.

  • Love has 13 20-point, 10-rebound games this season, most in the NBA.

  • Love took home his first career player of the week honors for games played Oct. 29-Nov. 3. Love led Minnesota to a 3-0 record for the week, averaging a league-best 29.7 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 3.7 apg while shooting 50.0% from the floor, 38.1% from three-point range and 79.5% from the FT line.

  • Love registered 32 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and three three-pointers on Nov. 8 vs. Dallas, becoming the fourth player in NBA history with a 30-point, 15-rebound, 8-assist, 3-three-pointer game (Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Larry Bird).


  • Love’s Notable Games Through First 18:

  • Oct. 30 vs. Orlando (W) – 31 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and a +9

  • Nov. 1 vs. Oklahoma City (W) – 24 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and a +26

  • Nov. 3 at New York (W) – 34 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and a +24

  • Nov. 6 vs. Golden State (L) – 25 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists

  • Nov. 8 vs. Dallas (W) – 32 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and a +19

  • Nov. 11 at LAC (L) – 23 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists

  • Nov. 13 vs. CLE (W) – 33 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists

  • Nov. 23 at HOU (L) – 27 points and 15 rebounds

  • Nov. 25 vs. BRK (W) – 20 points and 17 rebounds


  • The Wolves are getting consistent perimeter scoring from Kevin Martin:

  • Martin ranks 7th in the NBA in scoring (23.1 ppg), 8th in three-pointers made (41) and 2nd in free throw accuracy (93.5%).

  • Martin has scored 30+ points three times this season, second on the team to Love’s four.

  • Martin has scored 23+ points 10 times this season, including a career-long stretch of seven straight 23-point games from Nov. 3 – 15. He has been the Wolves’ leading scorer on eight occasions this season.

  • Martin his connecting on 43.6 (41-of-94) of his three-point attempts this season and has made 2+ treys 13 times.

  • Through 18 contests, Martin is shooting 93.5% from the free-throw line; had a string of consecutive free throws made halted at 36 last night. Martin enters tonight fourth in the NBA in free throws made (100).

  • At 47.2 ppg, Love and Martin rank as the No. 1 scoring qualified duo in the NBA. Martin and Love have hit 78 three-pointers to date; only Klay Thompson/Stephen Curry (100) and Damian Lillard/Wesley Matthews (91) have more.


  • Corey Brewer fitting perfectly in with the Wolves’ offense:

  • Signed in the offseason as a free agent, Brewer is averaging a career-high 14.3 ppg to go along with 2.4 rpg and 1.4 apg. He is also shooting a career-best 47.3% from the floor.

  • Brewer leads all NBA players in fastbreak scoring (6.8 ppg) – the top figure in the NBA since Alan Iverson averaged 7.0 ppg in 2000-01.

  • Brewer ranked 9th in the NBA in steals (1.94 spg). Brewer and Ricky Rubio have combined for 89 steals, the most-prolific duo in the NBA this season(John Wall/Trevor Ariza 65).


  • Ricky Rubio piling up the assists and steals:

  • Rubio leads the NBA in steals (3.0 spg) while ranking third in assists (8.6 apg) and 18th in free throw accuracy (86.0%).

  • Rubio has dished out 10+ assists eight times, including a stretch of four consecutive 10-assist games from Nov. 10 – 15.

  • Rubio recorded his second career triple-double with a 12-point, 10-rebound, 14-assist performance on Nov. 10 to help the Wolves snap a 22-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Lakers. Rubio added five steals, making it the ninth 10+ point/10+ assist/5+ steal effort of his career; Brandon (seven), Micheal Williams (three), Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury are the only other Wolves players to accomplish that feat.

  • Rubio handed out a career-high 16 assists Nov. 13 vs. Cleveland, the most by any Wolves player since Chauncey Billups tied the franchise record with 17 vs. Dallas on Mar. 28, 2002.

  • Through 18 contests Rubio is shooting a career-best 38.2% from beyond the arc and has made a three in 10 of 18 games this season.



  • For more news and notes on the team follow the Minnesota Timberwolves and Mark Remme on Twitter, and join the conversation at WolvesNation.com.