The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be good, but only as good as Karl-Anthony Towns can take them.
Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t make the All-Star Game last year. Towns didn’t make an All-NBA Team at the end of the season. He is still already one of the best players in the NBA already and he is still getting better. The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be really good this season and beyond, but their ultimate success will be determined on how far Towns takes them.
Professional basketball these days is not an individual game. It has always been a team sport but recent years have seen superstar players team up to easier get to a championship than have a superstar surrounded by superb role players. Towns is a superstar and now he has a fellow superstar to run with in Jimmy Butler. Heck, he might have two if Andrew Wiggins lives up to his really high potential.
While the super teams have had multiple superstars, they’ve always had a main dog. LeBron James was the main man in Miami, Steph Curry is the main man with Golden State and that is the role that Towns will have to play with the Timberwolves.
Every team needs to have a player they can turn to and have them dominate a ballgame. Towns needs to be that guy. He’s young and is only getting better. He has the personality to be a leader and the desire to be one too.
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It is easy to overstate a lot of things when it comes to sports, but here is something that has a very good chance of being true: when the book closes on Towns’ career, he will be the best player to ever wear a Timberwolves jersey. The Finals trophy or trophies he brings home will be a huge part of that, but he will surpass the Kevin duo of Garnett and Love.
So the Timberwolves are going to go as far as Karl-Anthony Towns will take them in this crazy league we call the National Basketball Association and that’s going to be pretty darn far. It might not be this season, but this season is when the NBA is going to realize that they won’t be able to stop KAT.
The future MVP and the rest of the Timberwolves kick off the regular season against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. The game can be seen all across the nation on ESPN.