It’s been well-documented for how high of a ceiling the Minnesota Timberwolves have hovering over themselves. And it’s not just for the organization’s direction, but as well as 21-year old rising Center Karl-Anthony Towns, who will be a featured participant in the NBA’s Rising-Stars Challenge.
And increasingly enough, Towns hasn’t had much issues developing from a one-and-done prospect, to an elite NBA big-man. That’s the obvious. But as of late, he’s been obliterating the box-scores.
The former first-overall pick of the 2015 Draft has looked violent. Dare to check the numbers?
Last 10 games: 28.8 Points, 12.8 Rebounds, 3.2 Assists, 1.1 Steals, 2.0 Blocks, on 62% Field-Goals, 48% Three-Point, and 81% Free-Throws.
In that stretch, the Timberwolves went 7-3 in those games, which includes key-wins over highly considerable Western Conference rivals — such as the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
If you haven’t asked, I’ll do it for you:
What’s been so different about Towns’ play?
In those 37 games prior, he was shooting just 47% percent from the field overall, as a dreadful 30% from three. I went into detail, and pointed out some great aspects of why Minnesota has looked much better, after going 4-16 through their first twenty games of the season. And to note, it’s simply due by the improvements in Towns’ game.
TOWNS HAS BEEN GETTING PLENTY MORE TOUCHES IN THE LOW-POST.
If anyone has spent time covering KAT’s game, is that he’s deferred himself into a face-up five, which he’s capable of doing. But in the month of January, Towns has been highly efficient in the low-post. Per month, he’s shown vast improvement on finishing his inside touches. It’s been a gradual increase.
On shots within five-feet from the basket.
November: 76-129 Field-Goals (58.9%)
December: 74-120 Field-Goals (61.%)
January: 62-87 Field-Goals (71%)
In games 1-40, Towns’ Offensive Rating was a mere 107.45. In January — he’s kicked it up to a godly 113.1. If you haven’t seen him torch defenses lately, I recommend you take a look:
Although his defensive numbers are still slightly below-average, he’s at least made the effort to become more involved in huge moments for the Timberwolves.
In Minnesota’s eighteen wins, Towns shoots 55% from the field, as well as a 16.1 Net Rating. In losses — just 47% percent and a lousy -12.4.
Many were left disgruntled about Towns not being able to appear in this year’s upcoming All-Star game in New Orleans, but there will — of course — be an infinite amount of opportunities for him. If Minnesota can be competitive, it’ll do wonders for his case.
I’ve been impressed by what Towns’ been able to bring to the Timberwolves as of late. At 11.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for that eighth-and-final spot in the West, no one should count out Minnesota, especially if Towns has been playing at this kind of level.