The Minnesota Timberwolves have bet the future of their franchise on the duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and it’s finally starting to pay off.
When the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Wolves fans thought he and Wiggins would immediately form a dynamic duo that would take the league by storm.
While KAT has held up his part of the deal averaging 22.4 points and 11.9 rebounds in the first four-plus years of his career, Andrew Wiggins had an underwhelming start to his NBA journey with last season arguably being his worst yet.
During the first season of his five-year, $147.7 million max contract, Wiggins scored just 18.1 points per game with a career-low true shooting percentage of 49.3%.
Fortunately, Wiggins is having a major bounce-back year under a new regime in Minnesota averaging career-highs in points per game (25.2), rebounds (5.2), assists (3.4), effective field goal percentage (52.4%), and true shooting percentage (54.7%).
His positive effect is going beyond the numbers as well as the former Kansas Jayhawk is taking a more prominent leadership role as a veteran on this young Minnesota squad.
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Towns has continued to play at a high level with his eye-popping numbers helping him enter the MVP conversation this season. KAT is also averaging career-best numbers with 26.5 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists while shooting an ungodly 44.4% from behind the three-point line.
He’s also made significant strides on the defensive end in Ryan Saunders’ system as Towns is often the only big man on the floor who can protect the rim.
With Wiggins having a breakout in his sixth season and KAT having an MVP-caliber impact, the Wolves are off to a 10-8 start which would be good for spot in the Western Conference Playoffs if they started today.
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Wolves fans have plenty to be thankful for as we hit the Thanksgiving break of the season as it looks like they finally have the two superstar players they’ve been waiting a long time for.