Karl-Anthony Towns Carves His Own Path As The Humble Superstar
By Jordan Schultz
Karl-Anthony Towns is ahead of schedule by even the highest of expectations.
Yes, he led the University of Kentucky to a 38-1 record and the Final Four, became the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft and earned Rookie of the Year honors last season. But at 21, he could have flamed equally quickly.
Instead, Towns has emerged as one of the league’s premier big men.
The Minnesota Timberwolves center is both humble and quick to deflect praise. He gives much of the credit to his coaches. And he thanks former T-Wolves teammate and now Los Angeles Clippers consultant Kevin Garnett, whom he keeps in close contact with.
“KG talks a lot about accountability,” Towns told HuffPost about the man he calls “such a legend.”
“When he does something, right away you pay attention,” Towns added. “If you make a mistake, he’s all about holding you accountable.”
Towns, to be sure, has done his part.
He’s averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists, according to ESPN.com. No other player in the league boasts such numbers this season. He also ranks 13th in overall efficiency: His 24.55 rating slots him ahead of Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, DeMar DeRozan, Hassan Whiteside, Marc Gasol and John Wall.
Few players in just their second season have made such drastic improvements to their skill set as Towns has.
Towns’ rapid development stems in part from T-Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who embraces the versatility of his young star.
Towns appreciates that his coach lets him be himself, but also that Thibodeau insists the young T-Wolves follow the program.
This is all what makes Towns such an intriguing young star. He desperately wants to be great, but only within the framework of the team.