Minnesota Timberwolves’ big man Karl-Anthony Towns is making a name for himself.
Not only has he clearly separated himself from the rest of the rookie field, but he is starting to challenge guys like Anthony Davis, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, and Blake Griffin as the best big man in the league.
Efficiency is a reason players stick around in the NBA. Consistency is what separates normal players from the stars.
Towns has been both this season, seemingly every single game, too. He has a higher field goal percentage in the paint than Andre Drummond (61.7 percent; 303-491 to 54.5 percent; 410-752), a much better field goal percentage outside the paint, but inside the arc (46.3 percent; 162-350) than players like LeBron James (37.8 percent; 107-283), Klay Thompson (42.3 percent; 116-274), and James Harden (42.8 percent; 134-313).
He has more double-doubles (40) than All-Stars Pau Gasol, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul George, and Harden.
Towns is 25th in the league in total Win Shares (7.0), ahead of players who boast huge numbers — Cousins, Drummond, Anthony, John Wall, and Kyrie Irving — while having the 55th highest Usage Rate (24.7) among all players.
With 13 games left, Towns will look to add to his impressive total of 30-point games, which he already has six, and will try to conquer 50 double-doubles. His Player Efficiency Rating is a stellar 22.8, ahead of a long list of former and current All-Stars.
Towns has a very bright future. Next year, hopefully it translates into more wins for Minnesota.