For one reason or another, Karl-Anthony Towns isn’t being talked about in the same shining light in the national media this season.
In September of 2017, Sports Illustrated featured The Crossover’s Top 100 NBA Players of 2018. They had Towns ranked at 14. Ahead of the likes of Nikola Jokic, Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol. That sounds aggressive but seems reasonable considering Towns’ eye-popping 2016-2017 campaign.
So was Towns that underwhelming through the first 25 games? Probably not. But considering the arrival and leadership of Jimmy Butler, Towns’ statistical totals taking a hit from last season and poor defensive play early, I can see where it would be hard to rank him there.
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However, by no means does that means Towns has been a disappointment this season. In fact, you could argue that over the previous month, he is now outplaying the majority of his competition and playing the best basketball of his career.
If The Ringer were to redo their list today, Towns has a strong a case to be featured on it. Let’s take a look.