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Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Head Athletic Trainer: Gregg Farnam (19 Years as Head AT)
  • Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1917 (25th in the league)
  • Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $121.9 million (17th)
  • 2015-2016 Games Missed Due to Injury: 138 (T-14th)
  • 2015-2016 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $16.5 million (25th)
  • Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 1 (2005-06)
  • Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 30 (2012-13)

Summary

The Timberwolves took their first steps back to the postseason in 2014-15 behind a young core of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine. The talented trio combined to miss just one game to injury for the entire season. Head athletic trainer Gregg Farnam and his staff cut the team’s total number of injuries lost by 60 percent, dropping below the league average.

A majority of Minnesota’s injury problems were due to veteran big men Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic. Years of wear-and-tear led Garnett to miss 37 games with knee issues while Pekovic was unable to adequately improve his chronically problematic Achilles and ankle. KG ultimately retired and Pekovic is slated to miss another season due to the lingering injury.

Farnam will work closely with new head coach Tom Thibodeau to ensure the Wolves take the next step forward. Atop the list will be appropriately handing the minutes of the team’s crop of young talent and effectively managing injuries when they do inevitably pop up. If Farnam and company can build on last year’s success, Minnesota’s 12 year playoff drought could be over.