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Karl-Anthony Towns gets monster contract extension with Minnesota Timberwolves

The former Kentucky Wildcats big man is now set for life.

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Karl-Anthony Towns is now set for life.

Just months after Devin Booker signed his first monster contract, his 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats teammate has done the same, as Towns just inked a five-year extension worth a whopping $190 million, according to ESPN.

It’s rare to see any NBA player get that kind of payday, let alone in just his second contract, but Towns has more than earned it. Since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015, Towns has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA.

The 22-year-old Towns averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 boards and 1.4 blocks across 82 games during the 2017-18 season. Through his first three seasons, he’s averaged 21.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He hasn’t missed a contest during his NBA career while developing into one of the game’s best big men.

Recently, Sports Illustrated released their top 100 NBA players ranking, and Towns checked in at No. 19. The crazy part is Towns enters the 2018-19 season at just 22 years of age (turns 23 in November), so he’s still not reached his full potential in the NBA. Once he does, he could ascend into the top 10, and possibly the top five.

But even if Towns stays where he is, he’ll still be one of the highest-paid players in the NBA, and that probably will stay true whenever his next contract is signed. Towns also becomes the latest John Calipari player to earn a monster payday in the NBA. Calipari remains the best coach in college basketball at getting his players paid in the pros.

Congratulations to Towns on this amazing achievement.

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