Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns says his monster stats don’t matter
Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has been putting up monster numbers of late, averaging 36.4 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in five games since the All-Star break. He is also shooting 60.4 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from three-point range over that span.
However, Towns says that as long as the wins aren’t stacking up, the stats mean nothing:
“We haven’t won, so it doesn’t really matter,” Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “You can have all the numbers you want, but you don’t ever want to be that guy that’s getting good stats on a losing team. Gotta find ways to win. Rather have less stats and more wins than doing what I’ve been doing recently.”
Minnesota entered Wednesday night’s action against the Detroit Pistons with a record of 30-34 and have been falling further and further out of the Western Conference playoff picture.
On the season, Towns is averaging 24.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 blocks over 33.2 minutes per game while making 52.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 39.9 percent of his long-distance tries and 83 percent of his free throws en route to his second straight All-Star appearance.
The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kentucky, was originally selected by the Timberwolves with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.
He has averaged a double-double in each of his first four NBA seasons thus far.