Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

28-Year-Old ForwardF
Minnesota Timberwolves
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Towns averaged double-doubles in the first six years of his career, but he's fallen short of the mark in back-to-back seasons. His decline in production was explainable last season since the Timberwolves acquired another frontcourt stalwart in Rudy Gobert ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. However, the full measure of Gobert's impact on Towns' production remained somewhat murky, as injuries limited Towns to 29 games. With Gobert in the fold, Towns averaged a career-low 8.1 rebounds per game along with 20.8 points per game, his lowest mark since his rookie season. However, he had a career-best 4.8 assists per game and remained among the elite fantasy centers when healthy. Part of Towns' fantasy appeal comes from his success from beyond the arc, as he led all centers with 5.7 three-point attempts per game last season and finished second with 2.1 makes per contest from beyond the arc. The 27-year-old appeared in all 82 games in each of his first three NBA seasons, but health has become a more significant concern in recent years, as he's played 50 or fewer games in three of the past four seasons. The Timberwolves had a relatively quiet offseason, so Towns won't have any new significant competition for production on the team besides the emerging Anthony Edwards. Towns' three-point prowess makes him a unique fantasy option at center. However, after another injury-plagued season, one of Towns' biggest question marks heading into the 2023-24 campaign is whether he'll be able to stay on the court. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $161.03 million contract extension with the Timberwolves in July of 2022. Contract includes $61.63 million player option for 2027-28.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Karl-Anthony Towns was born in Edison, New Jersey in 1995. The son of Jaqueline and Karl Towns, who played basketball at Monmouth University, Karl-Anthony showed off his prodigious basketball talent at a young age. By fifth grade, he was already practicing with the Piscataway Technical High junior varsity team. By the time Towns got to St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, he was already a superstar, and he led his team to state championships as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Towns connected on 127 three-pointers over the course of his final three high school seasons and was named to the All-State team three consecutive times. In his last year at St. Joseph's, Towns averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game, shooting 66.1 percent from the field and 82.2 percent from the free throw line. Even more impressively, the academic standout left high school with a 3.96 GPA. He chose the University of Kentucky over the likes of Duke, Florida and Kansas. Towns' family runs the KAT Team Foundation, which endeavors "to create a scholarship fund for young adults throughout the United States and increase literacy in underserved communities." As a rookie in the NBA, he partnered with the Salvation Army in January of 2016 to launch a shoe drive, offering Timberwolves tickets in exchange for donations of new and unused shoes. For Thanksgiving in 2017, Towns donated $10,000 to the Minnesota House of Charity Food Centre to fund holiday meals for families and people in need. Towns represents the Dominican Republic on the international stage; in 2018, he and fellow Dominican Al Horford were both named All-Stars, marking the first time two players with ties to the DR played in one All-Star Game. You can follow Towns on Twitter @KarlTowns and on Instagram @karltowns. Towns' single season in college was an impactful one, as he was named the 2014-15 SEC Rookie of the Year while making both the All-SEC first team and the SEC All-Freshman squad. The Piscataway, New Jersey native paced Kentucky in rebounds (6.7) and blocks (2.3) per game, and his 10.3 points per game ranked second on the squad. Towns led the Wildcats to an SEC Tournament title win over Arkansas, then helped the team to the NCAA Tournament Final Four before losing to Wisconsin -- the lone loss for Kentucky that season. Towns announced for the 2015 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was selected with the first overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Goes down swinging
FMinnesota Timberwolves
May 31, 2024
Towns ended Thursday's 124-103 loss to the Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals with 28 points (9-20 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 38 minutes.
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Despite putting up his best game of the series Thursday, Towns' efforts weren't enough to avoid defeat. The 28-year-old big man tied Anthony Edwards for a team-high 28 points and led Minnesota in rebounding. Towns will finish the Western Conference Finals averaging 19.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33.2 minutes. He also struggled mightily with his efficiency, shooting just 37.9 percent from the field and 24.2 percent from three across the five games.
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How does Karl-Anthony Towns compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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22.7%
 
Total Rebound %
14.5%
 
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15.1%
 
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0.9%
 
Block %
1.8%
 
Turnover %
12.2%
 
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27.4%
 
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37.5
 
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Towns again shined last season, averaging 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 three-pointers. Though those numbers were slightly down compared to the previous campaign, the big man was a more valuable fantasy asset because he stayed healthy. After missing significant time each of the prior two seasons, Towns played in 74 of Minnesota's 82 games last year, with most of his missed time coming from entering the league's health and safety protocols in late December. Though Towns doesn't put up the assist numbers of Nikola Jokic and falls a little short of the scoring output of Joel Embiid, his ability to shoot the ball from deep exceeds that of his fellow elite big men. Towns proved his shooting prowess in last year's Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend, becoming the first center ever to win the shootout. During the regular season, he was one of only three players -- and the only center -- to average at least two triples per contest and shoot over 50 percent from the field overall. And Towns contributes on defense as well; he's averaged over a block per contest in each of his seven NBA seasons and posted a steal per game last year, to boot. The big question fantasy managers will need to consider when deciding where to draft Towns for the coming campaign is how the addition of Rudy Gobert will impact his numbers. Gobert tends to clog up the lanes and dominate the boards, so it wouldn't be surprising for Towns' rebounds and blocks to dip a bit. On the other hand, Towns should have even more opportunities to space the floor and fire away from deep, which could be a boon if he can keep his percentage from three-point range above 40 percent, as he has four of the past five seasons.
Towns appeared in just 50 games last season, mainly due to COVID-19 protocols, but he still put together a great campaign when on the court. He ranked eighth in per-game fantasy production, averaging 24.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 combined blocks-plus-steals. He also retained his excellent shooting efficiency with splits of 49/38/86, though it was technically his second-worst season from a true-shooting percentage (61.2) standpoint. Heading into 2021-22, Towns will remain the top offensive option for a struggling Timberwolves team that desperately needs every ounce of production he's able to provide. He should at least be able to cede some responsibilities to emerging sophomore Anthony Edwards and D'Angelo Russell, but the team is so devoid of offensive ability outside of that trio that Towns will unquestionably need to still average roughly 25/10/5. Looking through the noise of the Wolves' team struggles and Towns' subpar defense, the reality is that he's one of the best fantasy players in the NBA, and he deserves to be locked in as a first-round pick in every draft.
Towns is coming off arguably his best season, averaging 26.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.3 threes, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals. In eight-category fantasy leagues, that was good for a third-best ranking on a per-game basis. The issue was that Towns missed significant action for the first time in his career, appearing in just 35 games due to knee and wrist injuries. The Timberwolves got some help for Towns for the 2020-21 season, trading for D'Angelo Russell at last season's deadline, trading for Ricky Rubio during the 2020 offseason, and drafting Anthony Edwards. The result could be a heavy pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop scheme. That should lead to easier looks for Towns, who has often been forced to create by himself. Fantasy managers should expect similar production from KAT, if not marginally improved, heading into 2020-21. He's already one of the most efficient scoring bigs in the league, shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 41.2 from three and 79.6 from the free-throw line in 2019-20. While he doesn't have the reputation of someone like Anthony Davis, he's not that far off from a fantasy standpoint, and drafting Towns within the Top 5 is a relatively safe bet.
Set to turn 24 years old in 2019-20, Towns is coming off two straight All-Star appearances. Over the past two seasons, he's averaged 22.8 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 blocks. Maybe most impressive is his efficiency, with Towns shooting 53.1 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from deep and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line as an All-Star. While his production hasn't translated into wins for the Timberwolves, he's undoubtedly one of the best big men in the league on the offensive side of the ball, capable of scoring from anywhere on the court. In 2018-19, he registered 20 performances with at least 30 points, not to mention three 40-point efforts. Minnesota didn't add any high-usage players during the offseason, so Towns' role should be secure. Health is also valuable in fantasy, and Towns has been excellent at staying on the court. He didn't miss a game through his first three seasons, and while he played 77 games last year, he only missed time due to a car accident. Despite not being an All-NBA player, there's plenty of justification for Towns to be the first center off the board in fantasy drafts.
Towns was rightfully in the discussion to be the number one pick in many Fantasy leagues last season, and while he was not able to reach those lofty heights, it would be unfair to suggest he was a disappointment. While it took some time for Towns to gel with new teammate Jimmy Butler, he played in all 82 games for the third straight season and finished with averages of 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 0.8 steals per game. Towns' scoring numbers took a slight hit with the arrival of Butler, but unlike Andrew Wiggins, Towns was able to maintain his efficiency from both the field (54.5% FG) and the free-throw line (85.8% FT). Amazingly, Towns also finished the season as the Timberwolves' leading three-point shooter, hitting a very respectable 42.1 percent of his 3.5 attempts per game. As he did in his sophomore season, Towns seemed to get better as the season progressed. As he enters his fourth season, the hope is that Towns can continue to improve, particularly on the defensive end. Once again, Towns projects to be among the elites at his position when it comes to Fantasy production, though owners may be able to get him at a (very slight) bargain on the heels of an offseason laced with some uncertainty and internal dissension.
Towns, the 2015-16 Rookie of the Year, burst onto the scene as a truly elite talent last season. He’s a transcendent player at the position, and is essentially the archetype for the “modern” center. While questions remain about his defensive ability, he still managed to average a combined 2.0 blocks and steals last season at age 21. Ultimately, his stats speak for themselves. Towns posted 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists across 37.0 minutes per game. The 7-footer also shot 54.2 percent from the field and made 1.2 threes per game at a 36.7 percent clip. Along with his great shooting from the field comes an impressive 83.2 percent mark from the charity stripe – often a sore spot for otherwise dominant centers. While he may be relied upon less to score now that Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague are in town, it seems doubtful they’ll take enough shots away from him to drop his Fantasy value significantly. Towns could just end up with a higher field-goal percentage, dropping volume in favor of efficiency. Regardless, he should once again be a top-10 overall Fantasy talent, with more than enough upside to warrant a top-five selection.
There simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe Towns’ transcendent rookie season, during which the No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky improbably exceeded the vast expectations placed upon him. While coasting to unanimous Rookie of the Year honors, Towns suited up in all 82 games and averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line. In providing context to just how sensational Towns was, Shaquille O’Neal is the only other 20-year-old in NBA history to average 18 points and eight rebounds and shoot at least 49 percent from the field in a season. And unlike Shaq, Towns displayed some surprising touch from the outside, connecting on 30-of-88 (34.1%) three-point attempts. For a player this young who checks in at seven-feet tall, Towns is uncommonly polished, displaying impact ability on both sides of the court and impressive all-around efficiency. If there’s a nit to pick, Towns could stand to improve upon the 2.2 turnovers per game he averaged as a rookie, but with few flaws in his game beyond that, the big man already has the look of a potential superstar in the league. After averaging 15 or more shot attempts per game in the last three months of his rookie season, Towns should take on a larger role in the T-Wolves’ attack in Year 2, which figures to include an even greater flirtation with the three-point line. Add it all up and Towns makes for an excellent first-round cornerstone in all fantasy formats, particularly in leagues where the percentage categories are emphasized.
Towns enters the NBA as the first-overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and will team with budding star Andrew Wiggins to form a duo that Minnesota can rely on for years to come. The question for fantasy owners is whether that translates to a big rookie season for the big guy out of Kentucky? Last season as a freshman, Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, and 2.5 blocks in a mere 21 minutes per game. In Minnesota, Towns will likely start and be given every opportunity to succeed, but a loaded depth chart may rob Towns of full starter's minutes. Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic, Adreian Payne, Anthony Bennett, and Gorgui Dieng are all candidates to see playing time at either power forward or center, putting Towns' minute distribution into question as he acclimates to life in the NBA. Where the former Kentucky Wildcat should make an instant impact for fantasy owners is in blocks. Towns posted an 11.5-percent block rate at Kentucky. To put that in perspective, the NBA-leader in block percent in 2014-15 was Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who posted an outstanding 7.0 percent block rate. Clearly, Towns isn't going to bring that hefty block rate to the pros with him, but it does show that he's an elite shot-blocker. Towns is a great upside pick, but he's probably a few years away from becoming the dominant force he was drafted to be for the Timberwolves and for fantasy owners.
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Improves in Game 4
FMinnesota Timberwolves
May 29, 2024
Towns closed with 25 points (9-13 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes before fouling out of Tuesday's 105-100 victory over the Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Subpar effort once again
FMinnesota Timberwolves
May 27, 2024
Towns provided 14 points (5-18 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes during Sunday's 116-107 loss to Dallas in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Poor shooting in Game 1
FMinnesota Timberwolves
May 23, 2024
Towns racked up 16 points (6-20 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 34 minutes during Wednesday's 108-105 loss to Dallas in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Records double-double
FMinnesota Timberwolves
May 16, 2024
Towns finished Thursday's 115-70 victory over Denver in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals with 10 points (4-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds and five assists across 29 minutes.
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Briefly exits Tuesday
FMinnesota Timberwolves
May 14, 2024
Towns left Tuesday's game versus the Nuggets with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter due to an apparent left knee injury but checked back in with 1:23 left in the first quarter.
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FMinnesota Timberwolves
February 13, 2024
Towns is among the competitors in Saturday's 3-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend.
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Towns outlasted Luke Kennard and Trae Young to win the 2022 3-Point Contest, and he'll look to add another title to his portfolio Saturday. He and Lauri Markkanen represent the only non-guards participating in the event. Towns is connecting on a career-best 43.8 percent of 5.2 threes per game this season.
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