Can KAT revitalize his career in 2023?
Okay, we’ve dilly-dallied about answering the question directly up to this point in time. But Towns faced insurmountable challenges last season. What about this year makes those challenges any easier to master? Well, if you have bothered to keep score, he has demonstrated mastery of all but two skills in the 20 skills covered so far. That’s a 90 percent score, on a down season. But it does get better from there. Such as?
With Gobert at the rim on most plays, Karl-Anthony Towns must perfect the ability to draw defenders to him as he drives to the basket and pass out to the open shooter. He simply did not have enough plays at PF to perfect that aspect of his game.
Shot creation was still excellent in a down year
What about his shot creation skills? Can he manufacture points? You bet he can:
Now, keep in mind that this was arguably Towns’ worst season, and he was still quite good at what he does. So what happens when he gets comfortable in his new role? Well, I hate to sound like a guy wearing rose-colored glasses, but that is when the fun really begins.
As soon as Town becomes an offensive threat, he will attract double teams from opponents, which will allow him to perfect his drive to pass percentages. Nothing improves in a vacuum in the NBA. For Towns to get better, he will simply need to get experience and perfect his basketball skills once more.
When that happens, the Timberwolves will have two unstoppable scorers in Towns and Edwards, three unshakeable defenders in Edwards, Rudy Gobert, and Jaden McDaniels, and point guard Mike Conley Jr. to serve as the glue and keep everything together and running smoothly.
I’m optimistic about the Timberwolves chances this season. How about you?