As the Minnesota Timberwolves get ready to head into a new season, they will be doing so for the ninth year in a row with Karl-Anthony Towns on the roster. Minnesota’s big man has now played the fourth-most games of any player to ever don a Timberwolves uniform.
With how incredible Anthony Edwards’ talent is, sometimes it can be easy to lose sight of just how valuable Karl-Anthony Towns is in Minnesota. The truth is, the Wolves would likely not be in position to secure a playoff spot this season without Towns. He still represents the heart and soul of the team.
Recently, many have made it a point to criticize KAT and the way he carries himself. Towns appears to have responded with a laser-focused, no-nonsense attitude heading into the season.
But for every hater, there is a former teammate who will speak out and let the casual viewers know what they are missing. That is precisely what happened this week when Jeff Teague called Karl-Anthony Towns “One of the coldest dudes I’ve ever seen play basketball.”
Jeff Teague had high praise for his former teammate
A member of the Timberwolves from 2017 until 2020, Teague appeared on the Club 520 Podcast and spoke on his experience playing with Karl-Anthony Towns. His analysis paints a picture of an incredibly talented and skilled basketball player.
“The first time I played open gym with him, I was in disbelief,” said Teague. “I was like, ‘this (expletive) can do everything.'” Since he entered the media sphere, Teague has become known for his candid and genuine hoops takes. It is no surprise that he was completely blown away by KAT’s talent.
Teague compared Karl-Anthony Towns to a rising star
Teague even described Karl-Anthony Towns’ game by comparing him to a current up-and-coming star: Victor Wembanyama. “He was Wemby before Wemby,” said Teague. For anyone paying attention to current basketball discourse, this one really puts the conversation in perspective given Wembanyama’s seemingly limitless upside.
Timberwolves fans should be thrilled to hear Jeff Teague say he thinks others should be putting more respect on Towns’ game. After years of defending him, fans will be happy to hear their feelings validated. “He is a one of a kind player,” said Teague. “It ain’t too many people in the league like him.”