Originally Posted by KKittles30
KG as a rookie didn't hardly do anything. "Da Kid" was like an energy type SF. He weighed like 195 too. We had Laettner and Gugliotta doing most of the power forward work. He basically rebounded and blocked shots and provided energy. (10.4pts), (6.3 Rebs.) It wasn't until the next season when we got Starbury that KG grew up into the player he would become. When he started every game and put up (17.0pts.) and (8.0 rebs). And it wasn't even til 1997-98 that he finally surpassed Tom Gugliotta and became "The Franchise!"...Then on to "Big Ticket" status before ultimately being gifted to Boston.
Before Al Jefferson completely tore his ACL he was averaging about 23/11/2/2 on nearly 50% shooting. Add in a couple role players and 2 first rounders, the trade was good for Minnesota.
KG had 3 years left to be the best player on his team. The Wolves weren't going to accomplish anything in 3 years, so they took the best route to rebuild with a beast Al Jefferson.