Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns has quietly had another great NBA season in his second year with the Minnesota Timberwolves after being the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.
But there are some facets of his game that still need work, according to another up-and-coming teammate.
Andrew Wiggins, who was the first pick in the draft the year before Towns earned the same honor, gave the big man’s skills with the sticks a little ribbing as Towns tried to connect with the fans during an Instagram Live chat on Wednesday.
IG Live today? ?
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) March 29, 2017
What really makes this nice is the expression on Towns’ face as he sees that Wiggins is calling him out for not being “the best on your team at call of duty.”
While we can’t confirm nor deny how the players stack up in video games, we’re pretty sure Towns is the best on his team at his primary gig as a basketball player.
Towns, while overshadowed by the MVP-caliber seasons of players such as Russell Westbrook and James Harden, and the emergence of big man Nikola Jokic, has been having an outstanding second half for new Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau.
Towns has upped his scoring average from 18.3 points per game as a rookie to 24.6 and increased his rebounding from 10.5 per game to 12.1.
He’s putting up huge numbers and is still closer to his 21st birthday than he is to turning 22.
— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) March 29, 2017
Thibodeau has increased Towns’ playing time nearly 5 minutes per game in his first year with the young star.
Wiggins, meanwhile, has seen all his production go up, including more than 2 minutes of increased court time. The formrer Kansas star is scoring 23.0 points out of the backcourt for the Timberwolves.
Minnesota will spend another spring out of the NBA playoffs as it is 29-44 entering Thursday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Timberwolves will likely pick in the top 10 again, and could get another former UK player such as DeAaron Fox or Malik Monk with that selection.
Whoever it is, we’ll see someday if they are any good at Call of Duty.