The Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. The T-Wolves joined the NBA decades after the Jazz did, and it took them a very long time to shed that "expansion team" label. They've suffered like many smaller markets in cold weather cities by having their best players routinely leave them either by forcing a trade or in NBA Free Agency.. That really sucks, and the team has seen very little playoff success as well. A big part of that has to be their roster turn over year to year. Another more tangible problem is that they just haven't had big scorers -- even their lotto picks have fallen flat. There's hope right now for and Karl-Anthony Towns. Both young men are natural scorers who can slice up a modern NBA defense. They'll have a challenge tonight against the Jazz, one of the best defending clubs there are.
But before we get there, let's look at the history of Wolves scorers against the Jazz.
|25 Points||26 Points||27 Points||28 Points||29 Points|
|1||Al Jefferson||2009||Chuck Person||1993||Nikola Pekovic||2014||James Robinson||1997||Kevin Garnett||1999|
|2||Isaiah Rider||1995||Gerald Glass||1992||Poor Richardson||1992||Jonny Flynn||2009||Kevin Garnett||2000|
|3||Karl-Anthony Towns||2015||Joe Smith||1999||Sam Cassell||2003||Mike James||2006||Michael Williams||1993|
|4||Kevin Garnett||2005||Kevin Garnett||2002||Zach LaVine||2015||Tom Gugliotta||1996||Michael Williams||1993|
|5||Kevin Garnett||2007||Kevin Garnett||2003||Tony Campbell||1990|
|6||Kevin Love||2010||Kevin Garnett||2006|
|7||Kevin Love||2012||Stephon Marbury||1998|
|8||Poor Richardson||1991||Tyrone Corbin||1989|
|9||Rodney Carney||2009||Wally Szczerbiak||2005|
|30 Points||31 Points||32 Points||33 Points||34 Points|
|1||Shabazz Muhammad||2014||Kevin Garnett||2000||Karl-Anthony Towns||2016||Stephon Marbury||1996||Kevin Garnett||2003|
|2||Stephon Marbury||1998||Kevin Garnett||2006||Ricky Davis||2007||Tony Campbell||1990||Tony Campbell||1989|
|35 Points||36 Points||37 Points||38 Points||39 Points|
|1||Kevin Martin||2014||Kevin Love||2014||Stephon Marbury||1997|
Hopefully I'm not jinxing the team, but no Wolves player has scored 39 or more points against the Jazz, ever. I really hope that tonight is not that night.
Anyway, who is the most surprising name on this list?