The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t going to make the playoffs in 2017 and, in retrospect, it should not be that much of a surprise. Yes, the team entered the 2016-2017 campaign with lofty expectations in the minds of some, but Minnesota’s core remains incredibly young and the presumptive first-year bump under the direction of Tom Thibodeau never materialized. Still, there is a shining light in the (relative) darkness which comes in the form of Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, enjoyed a phenomenal rookie season in which he averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for the less-than-dominant Wolves. In his follow-up campaign, Towns has been even more electric and, on Tuesday evening, he made history in a way that may surprise many people in the NBA world.
While Minnesota’s franchise history is not quite as extensive as many other NBA organizations, it remains highly noteworthy that Towns would surpass the likes of Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love for the team’s record for points in a season. Entering Tuesday’s game, Towns had appeared in all 80 of his team’s games and, in those contests, the 21-year-old big man is averaging 25.1 points per game. Given the level of efficiency that the talented big man puts forth (54.1 percent shooting, 36.2 percent from three), that is a jarringly high total and it comes with the caveat that the Wolves have many mouths to feed, highlighted by fellow youngsters Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.