5 Key improvements for the Timberwolves' starters in the second half of the season

A deep dive into how each starter can take their game to the next level

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Karl-Anthony Towns

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Offensive Fouls

Karl-Anthony Towns, a pivotal figure for the Timberwolves, has been driving to the basket at a higher rate than ever before. He is averaging 11.1 drives per 75 possessions, far surpassing his previous high of 7.6 per possession.

Utilizing his pump fake to draw in defenders before slashing to the hoop, Towns has made a living on drives this season and boasts the fourth-highest points per possession (PPP) on drives in the league (minimum 300 drives).

Player

PPP on Drives

Total Drives

Joel Embiid

0.977

302

Jaren Jackson Jr

0.925

534

Jayson Tatum

0.877

462

Karl-Anthony Towns

0.805

523

Alperen Sengun

0.781

384

On the surface, these numbers seem to indicate all is well. However, when we look deeper, we find that despite the high efficiency, he still has the worst turnover rate (TOV%) on drives at 10.3% (minimum 300 drives). Additionally, he finds himself tied for fifth in the NBA in offensive fouls, averaging 3.3 per game.

This propensity for fouls, especially offensive ones, is a concern that opponents are likely to exploit, especially during the playoffs. In Towns' previous playoff experience, it became clear the book was out on how to slow him down: by attempting to get him into foul trouble early.