Minnesota Timberwolves’ franchise player Karl-Anthony Towns is adamant that his personal goal for the 2016-2017 NBA Season is for his team to make the NBA Playoffs. The young star also said in a recent interview that the influence of Kevin Garnett is one of the major factors of his improvement in becoming the team’s best player.
“Personal goals are based on team. We’ve got to make the playoffs. We’ve got to do something special, and it’s up to us to continue to work and to make that happen,” Towns said in article via NBPA.com.
Towns also discussed the factor of having veteran Garnett, who re-joined the Timberwolves after a successful stint with the Boston Celtics. KG’s role with the team is more on the leadership side and he is expected to continue trying to help Towns in becoming the leader of the team.
“I think it’s going to be much much better. I’ve had a whole season to learn under KG [Kevin Garnett]. I just feel that I can be a much better player. Having a whole year to learn and have the whole year to see for myself what it takes, I feel I’m going to be a much better leader from a player standpoint,” Towns added.
“I will take what I’ve learned in one season and build upon it. It’s going to be awesome.”
Another veteran leader in new head coach Tom Thibodeau, whom Towns described as a really smart “and” great guy, will also guide the young big man.
With the veteran mentor and their offseason moves, the Timberwolves are now considered one of the rising teams in the Western Conference.
The Timberwolves are mentioned in many NBA rumors involving some of their players. Ricky Rubio is the player always in trade deals but it’s not clear if the team is willing to give him the long-term job at point guard or go with rookie Kris Dunn.
Aside from Towns, another franchise player for the team is Andrew Wiggins, who is expected to improve his play for next season as well.
Can Towns and Wiggins turn the franchise around and make the NBA Playoffs? Will Towns learn Kevin Garnett’s leadership skills by next season?
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