Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves is a player which many people believe is one of the best young players in the NBA today, but he hasn't quite reached the potential which many have expected for him.
With the addition of Jimmy Butler this offseason, the team has been playing really well, and there is no better time for Towns and the Timberwolves to strike and break their playoff drought that has been standing for the past 13 years.
The team has been on fire in recent times as well, winning their last three games, and they haven't exactly been easy wins either, as they've achieved victories against the New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were, however, convincing in their wins.
One player that has performed well throughout those three games, as well as the previous two before that against the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, is Towns, and the way which he performed throughout those games could be a sign of what's to come. The Timberwolves star could emerge as the NBA’s best player within a couple years.
In the past five games, the center has been a consistent double-double performer, as he has averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, helping Minnesota win four of their last five. As a center, he might never be a triple-double player, but as long as Butler is on his team, he doesn't need to be.
KAT's baseline expectation for his production is now a double-double, which is harder to achieve than you think. He joined the 20-and-10 average in a season club last season, and he's on his way to doing it again this year, as he is averaging 20.2 points and 11.9 rebounds.
The Timberwolves star has been able to rack up the points thanks to his fantastic range. In the past five games, Towns has scored 43.8% of his three-pointers, while across his career so far, that number is at 37.5%.
On the season, he's at 40.9%, which is higher than the league average of 36.3%. In comparison, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors has hit 41.4% of his three-pointers, which goes to show what kind of level Towns is playing at, and he's only 22 years old too.
However, while players like Curry suffer from injuries, Towns has largely been a durable player throughout his NBA career. He’s never missed one in his two and a half years in the league, which is an incredible achievement.
Towns is starting to demonstrate the skill as well that he is a defensive talent, as according to NBA.com’s John Schumann, the Wolves are 14.6 points better defensively with Towns on the court per 100 possessions over the last 21 games, while they were 10.6 points worse per 100 possessions with Towns during their first 20 contests.
The center has the skills and quality to be one of the best players in the league in just matter of years. This could be the year which the Timberwolves finally break their playoff drought, and it very well could be the postseason this year where Towns finally takes off.News Now - Sport News