Video: The Kevins That Formed Timberwolves History

Video: The Kevins That Formed Timberwolves History

It’s funny, but you can follow the history of the Timberwolves through five Kevins who have been part of the organization over the past 25 years. The two biggest stars in team history have been power forwards named Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, while Kevin Harlan called games, Kevin McHale held front office and head coaching positions and Kevin Martin, the newcomer this year, has provided a second primary scorer for the 2013-14 squad.

Garnett and Love represent different styles of play, but there is one constant between the two that link them—they both put up double-doubles on a nightly basis. It’s why they both became regarded as top power forwards in the league during their respective eras, and while Garnett was one of the elite 4s in the game during the late 1990s and 2000s, Love is poised to be that type of presence in the decade to come. He is posting one of his best seasons this year, scoring 23.7 points per game, adding a league-leading 13.6 rebounds and shooting 34.5 percent from 3-point range. He also has as career-high 4.1 assists per night. Garnett is now in his 19th season—his first in Brooklyn after spending six years with the Celtics.

Kevin McHale returned to his home state after a Hall of Fame career in Boston to assume roles in the front office as well as head coach over the course of 15 years. He was part of the decision to draft both Garnett and Love, and he was also there when the team hired Flip Saunders as head coach in 1995. McHale is now the head coach of the Houston Rockets.

Kevin Harlan was a well-known voice of the Timberwolves for essentially the team’s first decade in the league. His passionate calls were infectious, and they’re still fun to revisit and listen to today—particularly some of his calls after KG’s dunks in the mid-1990s when he was still a breakout teenager on the court. Harlan has since moved on to call national games for the NBA on TNT, and he also does NFL and college basketball.

Kevin Martin joined the Wolves this offseason and has made an immediate impact. He fills the role of a perimeter scorer the Wolves have looked for in years past—so far in 2013-14, he’s averaging 23.2 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from 3-point range and 93.9 percent from the line. Martin complements Love with his perimeter game, and he also finds himself on the receiving end of outlet passes that help keep the Wolves’ offense push the pace and generate easy baskets. He and Love are currently sixth and eighth, respectively, in league-wide points per game.

As we celebrate 25 years of Timberwolves basketball, take a look at this highlight video of all five Kevins as compiled by the league. If anything, it’s a great throwback look at some footage, calls and press conferences from years past.

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