The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a busy week. Beyond the six-game winning streak, ESPN’s Zach Lowe floated the idea of Karl-Anthony Towns as the best scoring big of all-time, and owner Glen Taylor spoke out on a variety of topics.
Zach Lowe ponders Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns as best scoring big ever
ESPN’s Zach Lowe’s weekly “10 things” article featured Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns (subscription required). Specifically, Lowe considers the completely non-ridiculous argument that Towns might be on track to be the best all-around scoring big man in NBA history.
The conversation started a while back with Towns’ claim to be the greatest shooting big man of all time, which is a question yours truly has pondered here at DWW. (In short, Towns is absolutely on track to be able to make that claim.)
Lowe acknowledges that argument by saying it’s not exactly audacious but then takes it to the next level, saying that Towns should aim higher. Lowe poses the question “could he become the most well-rounded scoring big man ever?”
The argument is simple. Towns is a 50-40-80 (field goal, 3-point, and free throw percentages) shooter on high volumes. Plus, he’s efficient from everywhere, as Lowe points out. Regardless of where Towns is on the floor, he makes shots at a high clip.
Lowe also notes that Towns is still improving, and “exists in the highest plane of development”, meaning that he’s practicing skills-within-skills that many will never even attempt to achieve.
It’s a fun read, as is the rest of Lowe’s piece. If you have an ESPN Insider account, be sure to check it out.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor speaks on new ownership, Beverley, and more
Glen Taylor appeared on Darren Wolfson’s The Scoop podcast and discussed a variety of topics.
The most interesting note came when discussing new minority owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez. Taylor stated that the plan was still to have the new group take over majority ownership by Dec. 2023, but that it was possible they could take over earlier or later.
It’s unclear what the deciding factors might be, but there had been previous reporting that Lore and Rodriguez were still working on raising some additional funds to finalize the transaction. Still, the new pair has been extremely visible and involved, so things certainly appear to be on track.
Taylor also talked about the ease of negotiations when it came to Patrick Beverley’s contract extension, as both parties wanted the relationship between team and player to continue — although PatBev wanted to add even more years onto the contract.
The Wolves’ six-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night in Orlando, but they have a chance to turn around and get back on track right away on Saturday night in Miami.