Lakers vs Timberwolves

The “Lakers vs Timberwolves” matchup is a recurring fixture in the NBA, pitting the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise against the Minnesota Timberwolves. This comparison highlights the stark contrasts between these two teams, from their historical success to their current roster composition and playing styles.

Comparison table : Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves:

CategoryLos Angeles LakersMinnesota Timberwolves
Founded1947 (as Minneapolis Lakers)1989
Relocated1960 (to Los Angeles)N/A
DivisionPacificNorthwest ArenaTarget Center
CityLos Angeles, CaliforniaMinneapolis, Minnesota
Team ColorsPurple, GoldNavy Blue, Forest Green, Lake Blue, Moonlight Grey, Aurora Green
NBA Championships170
Conference Titles320
Division Titles331
Playoff Appearances6210
Hall of Famers261
Retired Numbers111
All-Star Selections14510
MVP Awards81
Defensive Player of the year Awards11
Rookie of the Year Awards42
Sixth Man of the Year Awards20
Most Improved Player Awards01
Coach of the Year Awards21
Executive of the Year Awards21
All-NBA First Team Selections462
All-Defensive First Team Selections174
All-Rookie First Team Selections138
50-40-90 Club Members01
Career Points LeaderKobe Bryant (33,643)Karl-Anthony Towns (12,517)
Career Rebounds LeaderElgin Baylor (11,463)Kevin Garnett (10,542)
Career Assists LeaderMagic Johnson (10,141)Ricky Rubio (4,009)
Career Steals LeaderMagic Johnson (1,724)Kevin Garnett (1,616)
Career Blocks LeaderKareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,694)Kevin Garnett (1,590)
Single-Season Points RecordElgin Baylor (2,719 in 1961-62)Karl-Anthony Towns (2,061 in 2021-22)
Single-Season Rebounds RecordWilt Chamberlain (2,099 in 1968-69)Kevin Garnett (1,139 in 2003-04)
Single-Season Assists RecordMagic Johnson (989 in 1983-84)Ricky Rubio (704 in 2016-17)
Single-Season Steals RecordMagic Johnson (228 in 1980-81)Tyrone Corbin (175 in 1989-90)
Single-Season Blocks RecordKareem Abdul-Jabbar (283 in 1975-76)Kevin Garnett (178 in 2003-04)
All-Time Win-Loss Record3,465-2,387 (.592)1,077-1,678 (.391)
Best Single-Season Record69-13 (.841) in 1971-7258-24 (.707) in 2003-04
Worst Single-Season Record17-65 (.207) in 2015-1615-67 (.183) in 1991-92
Longest Winning Streak33 games (1971-72)9 games (2003-04)
Longest Losing Streak10 games (2015-16, 2016-17)18 games (2011-12)
Most Points in a Game (Team)153 vs. Detroit Pistons (1987)145 vs. Los Angeles Clippers (2014)
Most Points in a Game (Individual)Kobe Bryant (81 vs. Toronto, 2006)Karl-Anthony Towns (60 vs. San Antonio, 2022)
Current Head CoachDarvin HamChris Finch
General ManagerRob PelinkaTim Connelly
OwnerBuss Family TrustGlen Taylor
G League AffiliateSouth Bay LakersIowa Wolves
NBA 2K League TeamLakers GamingT-Wolves Gaming
MascotNoneCrunch the Wolf
Average Home Attendance (2022-23)18,61716,028
TV Broadcast PartnerSpectrum SportsNetBally Sports North
Radio Broadcast PartnerESPN LA 710WCCO 830 AM
Most Recent Playoff Appearance20232023
Most Recent Conference Finals2020Never
Most Recent NBA Finals2020Never
Most Recent Championship2020Never
All-Time Head-to-Head Record86-38 (Lakers lead)38-86 (Timberwolves trail)
Largest Victory Margin49 points (132-83, March 18, 2014)36 points (125-89, March 6, 2005)
Current Star PlayerLeBron JamesAnthony Edwards
Franchise Player with Most All-Star SelectionsKobe Bryant (18)Kevin Garnett (10)
Most Recent All-StarAnthony Davis (2023)Anthony Edwards (2023)
Most Recent All-NBA SelectionLeBron James (2022)Anthony Edwards (2023)
Most Recent All-Defensive SelectionAnthony Davis (2020)Jaden McDaniels (2023)
Highest Draft Pick1st overall (1979, 1982)1st overall (2015, 2020)
Most Recent 1st Overall PickNeverAnthony Edwards (2020)
Number of NBA Lottery Appearances720
First Round Picks in 2024 Draft01
Second Round Picks in 2024 Draft11
Salary Cap Space (2023-24 Season)Over the capOver the cap
Luxury Tax Status (2023-24 Season)TaxpayerNon-taxpayer
Most Expensive ContractLeBron James (2 years, $99 million)Karl-Anthony Towns (4 years, $224 million)
Team Payroll (2023-24 Season)Approximately $180 millionApproximately $175 million
Jersey SponsorBibigoAura
Social Media Followers (Instagram)19.2 million1.7 million
Social Media Followers (Twitter)11.8 million1.2 million
Fan Base NicknameLaker NationWolves Pack
Celebrity FansJack Nicholson, Denzel WashingtonPrince, Jimmy Jam
Rival TeamsBoston Celtics, LA ClippersNone significant
Championship Drought4 years35 years (never won)
Consecutive Playoff Appearances Record29 (1977-2005)8 (1997-2004)
Consecutive Losing Seasons Record6 (2013-2019)13 (2005-2017)
50+ Win Seasons331
60+ Win Seasons110
70+ Win Seasons00
20 or Fewer Win Seasons27
Current Starting Point GuardD’Angelo RussellMike Conley
Current Starting Shooting GuardAustin ReavesAnthony Edwards
Current Starting Small ForwardLeBron JamesJaden McDaniels
Current Starting Power ForwardRui HachimuraKarl-Anthony Towns
Current Starting CenterAnthony DavisRudy Gobert
Key Bench PlayersJarred Vanderbilt, Taurean PrinceKyle Anderson, Naz Reid
Team CaptainLeBron JamesNone officially designated
Offensive Rating (2022-23)114.0 (8th in NBA)113.7 (10th in NBA)
Defensive Rating (2022-23)113.9 (20th in NBA)113.1 (10th in NBA)
Pace (2022-23)100.3 (8th in NBA)101.1 (4th in NBA)
Average Points Per Game (2022-23)117.2 (6th in NBA)115.8 (12th in NBA)
Average Points Allowed (2022-23)116.6 (20th in NBA)115.8 (12th in NBA)
Team FG% (2022-23)48.2% (8th in NBA)49.0% (3rd in NBA)
Team 3P% (2022-23)34.6% (25th in NBA)36.5% (12th in NBA)
Team FT% (2022-23)78.0% (13th in NBA)78.1% (12th in NBA)
Average Attendance Percentage (2022-23)99.7%94.7%

Note: The data in this comparison table is current as of the end of the 2022-2023 NBA season and the beginning of the 2023-2024 season. Some statistics, such as team records and individual player achievements, may have changed slightly since then. For the most up-to-date information, it’s recommended to check official NBA sources or team websites.