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Karl-Anthony Towns knows he has to be ‘aggressive at all times’ for Timberwolves to win


Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns knows he has to be “aggressive at all times” for Minnesota to win on a nightly basis.

Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders wants his team shooting more 3-pointers this season, including Towns.

KAT is a willing passer and loves to see his teammates flourish. However, the two-time All-Star is aware the Timberwolves won’t go far if he’s being passive on offense.

“I love getting people involved in the game and stuff, but you also have to understand what your team needs and I need to shoot,” Towns said, via Chris Hine of the Star Tribune. “So I’ve got to do what’s best for us and what’s best for us is being aggressive at all times.

“Thirteen shots, even for me, I felt I didn’t shoot a lot of time when I should have and got someone open. I still want to do what I love to do, which is get people involved in the game and try to make everyone better, but at the same time for me, for us to win, I have to be aggressive and I have to shoot the ball.

“I’ve seen double, triple, quadruple teams. I’ve seen it all. I’m just going to take what the defense gives me. If they want to quadruple team me the whole night, I’m going to let my teammates [score], who are more than willing to go get 40 apiece.”

Karl-Anthony Towns made his second All-Star team last season. KAT averaged 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 51.8 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and 83.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Timberwolves star recorded 54 double-doubles.

Minnesota is going to have a hard time making the playoffs this upcoming season. The Timberwolves lost Derrick Rose, who averaged 18.0 points per game last season, Tyus Jones and Taj Gibson in free agency. The Wolves also missed out on Towns’ close friend, All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell.