wolves gameday: happy 25th season edition

7 tonight vs. Orlando • Target Center • FSN (830-AM)

The Wolves will open their 25th season Wednesday against Orlando, which also entered the league in the fall of 1989. Here’s a look at what’s happened since then. By KENT YOUNGBLOOD • kyoungblood@startribune.com

Wolves

Category

Orlando

762-1,158 (.397)

All-time record

979-941 (.510)

Eight

Playoff appearances

14

8th (1996-97)

Season of first playoff appearance

5th (1993-94)

17-30

Playoff record

57-66

1 (lost)

Conference finals

4 (2-2)

0

Finals appearances

2 (0-2)

10

Coaches

9 (Brian Hill twice)

Two; the Metrodome, then Target Center starting in 1990. The team just announced plans for a $97 million Target Center renovation.

Arenas

Two; the team opened their state-of-the-art, $480 million Amway Center in 2010.

13

Lottery appearances

7

The Wolves never have improved their position.

Lottery luck

The Magic won the lottery twice, in successive years

(1992 and 1993).

The Wolves finished with the worst record, but wound up with the third pick (Christian Laettner).

1992 lottery

The Magic won, taking Shaquille O’Neal.

The Wolves finished with the second-worst record, but wound up with the fifth pick (Isaiah Rider).

1993 lottery

The Magic had the least chance of winning the lottery but did, ultimately winding up with Anfernee Hardaway. Orlando was in the finals the following year.