Karl-Anthony Towns is a fraction away from joining Chris Mullin in NBA history
Nothing more can be said about the immense talent of Karl-Anthony Towns’ — the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft and the franchise superstar of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Towns has received much attention and hype since his days at Kentucky, and it has warranted a familiar hype when Towns entered the NBA.
Rightfully so, he averaged 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds on 54 percent shooting during his rookie year. He quickly followed up this brilliant debut season by posting averages of 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds, while shooting 36 percent from the 3-point line.
With the Timberwolves’ addition of Jimmy Butler, Towns’ points total dropped a bit, but his 3-point shooting has improved to a scorching 41 percent.
With the splendid play of talented big men such as Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Joel Embiid, Towns ironically doesn’t get enough credit for the amazing season he has had so far. The Timberwolves center is actually 0.3 percent away in the field goal category for making history as the second player to average a 50-40-85 stat line playing more than 20 games.
The only person to post those stats was none other than Chris Mullin. The only difference this year is that Towns is just 22 years old. Reddit user MrVanillaIceTCube dug up some interesting statistics on Towns’ incredible season.
Mullin scored 14.5 ppg, on 55.3-41.1-86.4% splits, 64.5% TS.
KAT is scoring 20.4 ppg, on 54.7-41.4-86.5% splits, 64.9% TS.
KAT is on pace for 82 starts for the 3rd time in his 3 year career.
His FG% has held steady at 54% since he was a rookie (54.2%, 54.2%, 54.7%).
His 3P% has steadily increased from 34.1% to 36.7% to 41.4%.
His FT% has steadily increased from 81.1% to 83.2% to 86.5%.
His TS% has steadily increased from 59% to 61.8% to 64.9%.
The Timberwolves are looking to make the postseason for the first time since 2004. It will be interesting to see how Towns makes history this season in a variety of ways.