FIFTH TIME AT NO. 5

The Timberwolves stayed at No. 5 in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery. If they don’t trade the pick, it will mark the fifth time the team has drafted fifth. Here’s how the first four went:

 

1993: Isaiah Rider

• Played three years with Wolves before team grew weary of his mercurial attitude and off-court issues.

 

1995: Kevin Garnett

• Teenager became the best player in franchise history.

 

1996: Ray Allen (traded to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury)

• Talented guard ultimately didn’t want to be Garnett’s sidekick and forced himself out of town.

2009: Ricky Rubio

• A talented playmaker with an uncertain shot, Rubio helped the Wolves finish 2015-16 season with an offensive flourish.

Etc.

A number of NBA greats have gone at No. 5, including Garnett, Charles Barkley (1984), Scottie Pippen (1987), Mitch Richmond (1988), Vince Carter (1998), Dwyane Wade (2003) and DeMarcus Cousins (2010)

Kent Youngblood