Beyond the seventh place he achieved after the first results of the fan voting for the NBA All-Star Game, Karl-Anthony Towns has had a performance to be among the 12 in the Western Conference and be careful if as a starter.
The one selected as the number one talent draw in 2015 is the longest-serving player on the Minnesota Timberwolves team who is still fighting for his identity, but who is close to .500 (20-21) in the difficult Conference of the West.
Towns, whose Dominican mother died in 2020 due to complications caused by Covid-19, has agreed with the managers who projected him, five years later, as the best player chosen in that draft.
Amid the outbreak of the pandemic that has affected around half of the league’s players – including Towns himself for the second time – the player maintains stable production on the offensive side while maturing on the defensive side, one of the noted weaknesses in his game.
The 6-11 player averages 24.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists ahead of his lifetime averages in two of those departments, albeit slightly behind in catching balls under the boards (11.4 in his career). .
But you have to add some percentages of 56 percent in field shots, 42 percent in triples and 81 from the personnel line, while scoring 2.3 triples per game.
"He is a player of the caliber of the All-Star Game, a player of the caliber of a member of the All-Star Quintet. He’s having an All-Star Game year. All season you just have to give him the ball and you count on having a basket" said his trainer Chris Finch.
On the 9th he had 40 points, nine rebounds and seven assists against the Rockets for the tenth game of his career with at least 40 points and equaled Kevin Love’s mark in that regard in franchise history. In the middle of the game he had registered 22 points, his sixth half of at least 20 points this season and the 65th of his career. After the first three quarters he compiled 37 points, the fifth time he scored 35 or more at the end of the third quarter.
He had 17 points and 16 rebounds against Oklahoma City on January 5, his 16th double-double of the season (309 lifetime) and marked his third performance of at least 15 rebounds this season (88 of his career), alone surpassed by Kevin Garnett (211) and Kevin Love (108) in the franchise.
On December 21 he went with 26 points (14-9 from the field), including 4-3 on triples with 14 rebounds (top of the game) and seven assists (his top of the season) for his 13th game at 20-10. (many-rebounds) of the season and number 219 for life. With his second rebound he reached the 5,000 threshold in his career.
At 26 years and 36 days he became the third youngest player in NBA history with at least 10,000 points and 5,000 assists.
On December 20, he was announced for the fifth time in his career as the winner of the Player of the Week award. Between the 13 and 19 of that month he led his team to victories over the Nuggets, Lakers and Mavericks.
He averaged 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.7 steals, in addition to scoring 54.7 percent of his attempts from the field.