Top 7 Worst Playoff Teams in NBA History


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7. Minnesota Timberwolves (1998-99)

Starting Lineup:

PG: Bobby Jackson

SG: Anthony Peeler

SF: Sam Mitchell

PF: Kevin Garnett

C: Joe Smith

The Minnesota Timberwolves compiled a remarkably mediocre to below average campaign in the strike-shortened 1999 season, finishing 25-25, good enough for the last playoff spot. The T-wolves averaged 92.9 points per game, and just barely netted a positive point differential (+0.3). They sneaked into the playoffs thanks to truly horrendous seasons from their competition as three of their rivals in the Midwest Division, the Mavericks, Nuggets, and Vancouver Grizzlies, put together records of 19-31, 14-36, and an absolutely futile 8-42 respectively. The Clippers, in the Western Conference but the Pacific Division, barely edged the Grizzlies for 13th place with a 9-41 showing. The Timberwolves’ stars, Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury, were 22 and 21 years old, and for Garnett it was just the fourth of his many efforts to push the team to further success. In the playoffs, Minnesota faced the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round, losing in four games – which was more than expected.