Dwelling close to the bottom on the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves look to become an incredibly, pretty extended shot to make the playoffs this season. The final time the Timberwolves created the postseason was in 2004, when, led by MVP Kevin Garnett, they made it all the method to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
A lot has changed since then.
There (go to buy NBA 2K16 MT) was the incoherent and inconsistent tenure of GM David Kahn. Garnett was traded away and then reacquired within the twilight of his career. Ricky Rubio came over from Spain as a boyish wonderkid and now at 25 years old is considered a veteran around the team. Kevin Love became an All-Star talent after which was traded for budding superstar Andrew Wiggins. Flip Saunders returned to rebuild the franchise out from the wreckage Kahn caused and has now sadly passed away. And for the first time in franchise history, the Timberwolves won the No. 1 all round pick and chosen a player that looks to be the front-runner for the 2016 Rookie from the Year Award in Karl-Anthony Towns.
Wiggins simply (click here to buy NBA 2k16 MT) won the 2015 Rookie on the Year award and Towns looks to become following in the methods of his teammate in that regard (although the voting will probably be a whole lot tighter). He leads all rookies in rebounds (9.4), is second in points (15.9) and blocks (1.9), and is third in minutes (28.8).
Towns is also shooting 54 percent, 36 percent from three (on 28 attempts but he clearly has some range) and an incredible 85 percent from the line. Among centers, Towns is third in free-throw percentage, just a shade below Marc Gasol and Roy Hibbert, two with the best free-throw shooting centers in the league.
“He’s one of my favorite guys around the team,” Timberwolves (come to nba 2k16 mt for sale) guard Zach LaVine told CBS Sports, ”He’s the No. 1 general pick so he’s got to live up to those expectations but I feel like he is exceeding that right now. He works hard and he wants to become the best.”
Towns is currently on track to become one with the best rookies of all-time. He has a PER of 21.99, a mark that is on pace with Tim Duncan’s rookie season PER of 22.6, which is in the top 20 all round in the league. On top of all of this, Towns knows he can only get better.
“I have to keep working,” Towns told CBS Sports. “To grow as a player, I need to become smarter and more intelligent around the court. If I can do those things, I can really take myself far.”
The Timberwolves have learned that they can consistently count on Towns and he seems to be growing and improving as the season progresses. For the month of December — only his second full month within the league — Towns averged 18.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists. His shot chart for December is just a whole lot of green.