Now in his second season, Karl-Anthony Towns is regarded as the NBA’s next great superstar and on Monday night he showed Al Horford and the Boston Celtics exactly why he has that reputation:
In the span of a couple seconds, Towns faked in three different directions, took one dribble to his right then went behind his back like Steph Curry and then stepped back and launched a beautiful jumper that Horford couldn’t dream of contesting. It was just two of his 27 points on the night; and in case you were wondering if he was only a perimeter big, he added 18 rebounds for good measure.
Electric displays of skill have become a reoccurring highlight in Timberwolves’ games. Just a few nights prior, Towns unleashed a highlight reel series of moves against fellow top prospect Joel Embiid.
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns shakes Sixers’ Joel Embiid then posterizes Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (all angles) pic.twitter.com/IPNc3S9CqZ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) November 18, 2016
After a dominating ROY campaign, Towns has stepped up his game in his sophomore season and is averaging 22 points per game and 9 rebounds per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor. Perhaps the most notable step forward is that he has added a three point shot to his repertoire. Last season, he only made 30 threes in 82 games, but this season he has already made 22 threes through 13 games and is shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. The best part is that, in true big-man form, Towns shoots from the outside without jumping.
If Towns, who just turned 21 is displaying all of these skills at this point in his career, what is his actual ceiling? The best comparison maybe his former teammate Kevin Garnett, but even Garnett never developed a reliable three point shot like Towns has. The Baby Wolves are still young and haven’t translated their talent into a bunch of wins, but in Towns they have arguably the most exciting young NBA player since LeBron.