It has been an up and down season for Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
But last night provided a bright spot for the former #1 overall pick, as he was able to knock-down a game-winning shot in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies. The shot came off an offensive rebound and was quite incredible. It was actually former Kansas star, Andrew Wiggins, who attempted the game-winning jumper that missed.
Towns was able to rebound the ball and shoot a fade away baseline jumper while falling out of bounds as time expired. It one of the better game winners you will ever see. This was a really welcomed sight for Towns and the entire Timberwolves organization to see KAT make such an impactful play.
Karl-Anthony Towns knocks down the game-winner. pic.twitter.com/pO7maG7trj— Sports Notes (@TheSportsNotes) January 31, 2019
Towns didn’t have his best overall game in the 99-97 win against Memphis. He finished with only 16 points on 7-17 shooting. It has been a tough year for Towns who has been publicly criticized by former Timberwolves player, Jimmy Butler. Butler even famously called out John Calipari for not preparing Towns for the league as well as he should have.
In fairness, it has been a down year for Karl Anthony-Towns who is now averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game but his FG% has dropped nearly 5 points from a season ago.
The Timberwolves are now 25-26 and will face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. They are 11th in Western Conference and fighting to close the three game gap on the 8th spot.
I personally will always remember Towns for his dominating performance in the Elite 8 against Notre Dame. It seemed like he got the ball in the paint in about 10 consecutive possessions and scored or got fouled. We all know what happened in the following round of the NCAA tournament but without Towns incredible display of dominance in the Elite 8 Kentucky would have never made it to the Final Four.