Minnesota Timberwolves: Towns will Crack Top 10

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Karl-Anthony Towns is poised for another breakout season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His limitless potential on offense mixed with head coach Tom Thibodeau’s ability to get the best out of his defense will surely make him a Top 10 player by the end of the 2016-17 season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have a lot of questions heading into the 2016-17 season. One thing that isn’t questionable is Karl-Anthony Towns’ impact. Towns can score from anywhere on the floor in several different ways. His playing style doesn’t demand the ball, but it does demand the defense’s attention.

Karl-Anthony Towns is ready to push his way into the Top 10 players in the NBA, and the circumstances around him will only improve his chances. With an ever-improving roster around him to take some of the attention, and coach Tom Thibodeau getting the best out of him defensively, Towns will be able to take his game to the next level.

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Last season, Big KAT gained his confidence playing in the post and pick and roll down low. Meanwhile, his outside shot was sharp, and he increased his savvy getting open.

This year, Karl-Anthony Towns looks prepared to add even more to his game. Towns is improving his dribble penetration skills and his interior passing. As the NBA game evolves for centers, Karl-Anthony Towns is emerging as the prototype for big men in the game.


When trying to decide where Karl-Anthony Towns has the most strength in his game, it is hard to pin it down to just one thing. His versatility is really what makes him a nightmare for defenders. He can beat defenders one on one in the post, spread the floor and shoot outside, run the floor on a fast break, drive to the rim with dribble penetration, pick out open teammates with great floor vision, and find the openings in a high pick and roll.

All those things are paired with his physicality which simply can’t be topped. His size, length and strength make his possession of all those basketball skills frankly unfair. As a young man dedicated to becoming the best, Towns shows visible improvement with every game–that’s scary. His offense alone could almost make him crack the top 10, and his defense is a whole different animal.

Karl-Anthony Towns is more than a vicious rim defender

Sure, Towns excels at blocking shots, but his ceiling is much higher than a rim-roaming center. Towns has quick feet and fast reactions. Of course players like Kyrie Irving can give him trouble at the perimeter, but Towns makes up for it with his length, discipline and ability to chase down shots.

If anyone can make a player like Towns reach a seemingly limitless ceiling, it’s head coach Tom Thibodeau. With Towns’ clear ability to improve, and Thibs’ high expectations for switching and minutes, KAT could surpass Joakim Noah as Thibs’ prodigy in no time.

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Karl-Anthony Towns has all the tools to crack the top 10 of the league. He is physically elite, mentally hungry, an offensive nightmare and a blooming defender. Add Thibs to the mix, and Towns may even be considered top 10 before 2016 is over.