In the NBA, we are always looking for “The Future”. We are looking for a young player with great potential, that could become the next big thing. Players such as LeBron James are not only superstars, but they are established vets. They are no longer the “The Future” players that we once saw them as. Now, there is a new wave of players. We hear about players such as Giannis Antetokoumpo and Joel Embiid, but we tend to forget a few players. One of those players is Karl-Anthony Towns.
Karl-Anthony Towns was the first pick of the 2015 draft. He was also the 2015-2016 Rookie of the year. Since then, he’s had solid seasons with the Timberwolves. Last year, he averaged a career best in points and rebounds. He averaged 25.1 points per game and 12.3 rebounds. This year, he averages 20.3 points per game and 11.7 rebounds. Towns is a skilled center with an array of skills. Let’s explore the strengths of Towns, but also the areas he needs improvement.
Karl-Anthony Towns is not an outside threat, but he is decent considering his position. On Christmas day, Towns shot 2 of 6 from three-point range. Normally, he does not shoot this many three-pointers. He takes three-pointers, but he does not go overboard. Towns is shooting 39% from three-point range. His career three-point percentage is 37%. In comparison to other centers, KAT has one of the best three-point percentages. This year Joel Embiid is shooting 28%, and DeMarcus Cousins is shooting 35%. Three-pointers are not one of his strengths, but can make them. They are fine in moderation, but he should not settle for them.
KAT’s interior game is much better than his outside game. Towns is both athletic and versatile. He can post up and he has a reliable mid-range jumper. KAT also is quick on his feet and an exceptional ball-handler for his position. With so many skills, KAT is a tough match-up for opponents.
KAT is not known for his passing ability. He averages 1.9 assist per game this season. His career average is 2.3 assists. Towns is known for his array of skills, but passing is not one of his strengths. He has the ability, but he’s more of a scorer.
Towns is a solid rebounder. Each season, he’s averaged double figures in rebounds. This season he averages 11.7. Towns is a better defensive rebounder than he is an offensive rebounder. He averages 8.8 defensive rebounds per game in comparison to 2.9 offensive rebounds per game. He is not better than his peers (DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond etc.), but he is not worse either.
Karl-Anthony Towns is a reliable defender. He is averaging 1.4 blocks this season. He is currently ranked 10th blocked shots. In his last two games, he had 4 blocks in each game. The clip below gives a glimpse of what he is capable of on the defensive end.
Free Throw Shooting:
Towns is a solid free-throw shooter, especially for his position. This season, he is shooting 83% from the free-throw line. Towns has been efficient from the free-throw line his entire career. He shoots over 80% every season.
Karl-Anthony Towns has a bright future. The 2015-2016 Rookie of the Year has made a name for himself. He and Andrew Wiggins are the core of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the off-season, the Timberwolves also added veteran players in Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford. The Timberwolves are currently 4th in the Western Conference. Karl Anthony-Towns is only 22 years old. He has plenty of time to grow as player. In a few years, we could see him become an even better player. Overall, Karl Anthony-Towns and the Timberwolves are on the right track.
Outside Shooting: 9/20
Interior Scoring: 19/20
Free-Throw Shooting: 18/20
Overall Score: 14/20