Minnesota Timberwolves: Predicting Wolves team leaders for 2020-21

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Timberwolves: Predicting the Wolves’ shooting efficiency leader

Karl-Anthony Towns

This may not be a surprise to Wolves fans, but Karl-Anthony Towns will also lead the team in shooting efficiency this season.

Towns has averaged at least 50 percent for his field goal percentage for his entire career; his 50.8 percent mark from the field last year was actually a career-worst.

More importantly, Towns has never dropped below 55 percent in effective field goal percentage (eFG%) in his career, which accounts for the value of the 3-point shot. Overall, Towns has a career eFG% of 57.8 percent.

Towns has averaged 57.3 percent on 2-pointers in his career and 39.6 percent from three. Over the past two seasons, Towns has made 3-pointers at a 40.5 percent clip even while attempting 5.6 per game.

Russell’s career field goal percentage stands at 42 percent with an effective field goal percentage of 49.7. His volume will be high enough that Towns will still lead in this category.

Ed Davis has a great shot to lead the team in raw field goal percentage; the veteran big man has a career mark of 56.8 percent from the floor but doesn’t shoot the ball outside the paint often at all and won’t have a large role in the Wolves’ offense.

Even when Towns hasn’t had that much help around him, he still shot well. This improved roster with players that can shoot efficiently will take some of the weight off of Town’s shoulders.

Other than a couple of years sharing the court with higher-usage players such as Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, Towns has been the main option. Having other efficient offensive options around him should help open things up for Towns.

There are other players on the team that could challenge him when it comes to efficiency, but Towns should have the best combination of shot attempts in the paint and accuracy from deep to hold the crown of the most efficient and effective shooter on the 2020-21 Timberwolves.

Let’s predict a field goal percentage of 51 percent and an effective field goal percentage north of 58 percent.

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The Wolves’ offensive attack is multi-pronged and should be a ton of fun to watch this season. Predicting the offensive leaders isn’t all that easy, and it wouldn’t be a shock if there ended up being a few surprises by the time we get to spring.