The past week has been a rough one for Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns. In a Timberwolves win over the Lakers 104-124, Towns had a heated moment where he made fun of Russell Westbrook. The point guard had fired an open three-pointer in the air with Towns and his teammate, and his teammate sarcastically signaled to the crowd that he was mocking the missed try.
The player and team have been heavily criticized for their actions towards the Lakers. ESPN’s Stephen A Smith was angered by the incident, calling it a “classless” move by the Wolves players. Trash talk is a staple during NBA games, KAT took the comment heavily and fired back at Smith on social media. KAT was furious at the amount of hate he received for what is considered a staple in sports games.
Karl Anthony-Towns earns his third All-Star selection as the Timberwolves make a playoff push
This season, the NBA All-Star is averaging 24.9 points per game along with 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He shot exceptionally well, averaging 52.9% from field and 41.2% from three as center. He’s also an impressive free throw taker, averaging 82.5% from the line, which is better than the King’s percentage from the line. This earned him his third All-Star selection and also propelled the team into the playoff rankings.
During the NBA All-Star Games, KAT competed and won the three-point contest with a score of 29, beating the previous record of 28 set by former college teammate Devin Booker. Since the All-Star Games, the T-Wolves have had a great run in the regular season, winning 11 of their last 13 games. Towns also fared better than the first half of the season with 26.9 points, with 55.7% shooting from the field and 42.9% shooting from three.
Former Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett ranks Karl Anthony-Towns higher than top MVP contenders
Given Karl Anthony-Towns’ fine performance, it’s no surprise that the comparisons with the league’s best big men are rolling in. Another former big top man himself, Kevin Garnet open about his views on the current Timberwolves center. He said: “I like Embiid as the best big in the league, but I actually watch them double him, I watch him fold, I watch how when he makes other players better it kind of gets more dodgy to me.”
“I think KAT is the better scorer of all. But joker is able to get anyone, he comes off like the bill walton, remember bill walton was falling and diving? He comes across like that.” Towns was voted number one overall by the Timberwolves in 2015 and he had the opportunity to play a full season with KG before retiring right after that season. “It’s crazy for me. When I came into the league, played with such a legend and could call him not just a teammate but more like a brother, not even a friend.”
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https://firstsportz.com/nba-out-of-all-of-them-hes-the-best-kevin-garnett-picks-karl-anthony-towns-as-a-better-scoring-center-than-mvp-favorites-joel-embiid-and-nikola-jokic/ ‘He’s the best of them all’ Kevin Garnett picks Karl-Anthony Towns as the center with the better goalscoring than MVP favorites Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic