Karl-Anthony Towns is fresh off a debut campaign in the NBA where he registered averages of 18.3 points a night with 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award.
As the number one overall pick in the 2015 draft, there was already some high hopes surrounding the former Kentucky superstar. He more than delivered in his rookie campaign, but just how good can the 7'0" center become?
Towns returned to his old stomping grounds in Lexington, Kentucky, this week for an appearance at a John Calipari basketball camp. When asked if he can become the best basketball player in the world, the 20-year-old didn't even flinch.
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“I honestly do,” Towns said, via the Courier-Journal. “I have the confidence in myself. I have everything I think to do it. Now it’s all up to me, to execute.
“Everyone in the NBA has the ability to do that. We all have the ability to be the best player in the world. Just matters who puts more time and puts more work in and who’s more fortunate enough to make it happen with the right situation. I feel that Minnesota right now gives me one of the best situations in all of the NBA.”
The hiring of Tom Thibodeau was the best possible news for Towns. The former Chicago Bulls coach nurtured the young talent of Derrick Rose during his time in the Windy City and helped the point guard become the youngest ever regular season MVP at just 22-years-old.
Towns has that same superstar potential. With Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio for company, the Timberwolves are arguably the best young unit in the NBA today.
Make no mistake about it, Towns is the centrepiece of that young talent.