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Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns looking forward to having a full year of Ryan Saunders as his head coach

Karl-Anthony Towns, Ryan Saunders

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns is looking forward to having a full year of Ryan Saunders as his head coach.

Saunders took over for Tom Thibodeau on Jan. 6. The Timberwolves went 17-25 under Saunders and missed the playoffs after making it in 2017-18.

Towns is excited for the 2019-20 season. He believes the new culture of the franchise is exactly what rookies Jarrett Culver and Jaylen Nowell need to be seeing instead of the toxic nature of the 2018-19 season when Jimmy Butler requested a trade and Thibodeau was fired.

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.

After Ryan Sanders took over for Thibs, Towns’ numbers and usage rate skyrocketed. The former No. 1 overall pick put up 26.8 points and 12.4 rebounds under Saunders.

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, and Tyus Jones in free agency. The Wolves also missed out on Towns’ close friend, All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell.

DLo was traded to the Golden State Warriors as part of the sign-and-trade deal involving Kevin Durant.