Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is excited to start the 2022-23 season. For the season opener, the Timberwolves will face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 19.
More importantly, Towns is looking forward to working with his new teammate Rudy Gobert. Last season, the three-time All-Star averaged 15.6 points and a game-high 14.7 rebounds.
In July, the Utah Jazz traded Gobert to the Timberwolves for Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler, Jared Vanderbilt, a 2023 first-round draft pick, a 2025 first-round draft pick, a 2026 first-round draft pick. , a 2027 first-round draft pick and a 2029 first-round draft pick.
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“The production on the court so far looks amazing,” Timberwolves center John Krawczynski told The Athletic. I’m just picking up where I left off from the summer. I really like where I am now. I think it feels great. “I feel great when I’m exercising,” he said.
On Monday, Towns made the start of training camp after missing the first week due to a non-Covid illness. He did not reveal the diagnosis. According to the Timberwolves medical staff, he spent time in the hospital.
“They had more serious things to worry about than basketball,” Towns told Krawczynski after the hospital visit. “I didn’t really care about basketball for a while. But I miss the game, I love the game. I miss these people,” he said.
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Ultimately, the Kentucky product wants the 2022-23 season to start as soon as possible. The seven-year veteran did not go into any further detail.
Last season, in 74 starts, Towns averaged 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1 steal and 1.1 blocks per game. Not to mention, he averaged 52.9% from the field and 41% from long range.
In the year On March 14, 2022, Towns finished with a game-high 60 points in 36 minutes of action in the Timberwolves’ 149-139 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
He also grabbed 15 rebounds in addition to shooting 19-31 (61.3%) from the floor and 7-of-11 (63.6%) from downtown. The center’s 60-point outing was also a franchise record.
Towns joins Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain as the only centers in NBA history to record at least 60 points and 15 rebounds in a game.
Although expectations are high for Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves, the center hopes to step it up in the 2022-23 season.
He can do that by winning Defensive Player of the Year. But the task will be a big challenge on the same list as Gobert. Ultimately, Timberwolves fans prefer winning championships more than anything else.