Video: Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns has been working a lot on his handles this summer
Karl-Anthony Towns is already one of the most well-rounded and effective players at his position, but the Minnesota Timberwolves center has been working on his handles through the course of this summer. The video below shows a few of the drills he has been going through, as well as combining his deft handle with his already lethal shooting from deep:
Towns spent a lot of time on his handle. Ryan Saunders has said he could see time in the pick-and-roll next season pic.twitter.com/XmQlKgtqcH
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 17, 2019
Karl-Anthony Towns has knocked down over 40% of his 3-pointers in the last two seasons and holds an impressive 39.2% mark for his career, making him a true sniper, along with a load to handle in the post.
If 24.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game are no joke to deal with on a nightly basis, adding his ability to handle the ball should only make him all the more dangerous in pick-and-rolls, having already mastered the pick-and-pop within the last two years.
Coach Ryan Saunders implemented pick-and-roll action last season, but reaping the most out of Towns on his most-used play should result in a difference-maker for the young helmsman, able to weaponize a potent 7-footer who can score at all three levels.
Towns, however, should continue to excel at the pick-and-pop game, which has become his bread and butter. Out of the six centers who made at least one 3-pointer per game last season, Towns was the most efficient of them all, besting the likes of Dewayne Dedmon, Nikola Jokic, Marc Gasol, Nikola Vucevic, and Brook Lopez.
Add in this swift handle and a quick pump fake will have defenders honoring his long-range acumen and allowing the 7-footer to breeze past them to generate his offense with more comfortable looks.