• Karl-Anthony Towns has missed 18 games this season
  • The former number 1 pick might miss more after the All-Star break
  • The Timberwolves can develop D'Angelo Russell more to get used to their system 

The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently in 14th place in the Western Conference with a 16-37 record. The team has struggled throughout the season despite showing a quick start. They were in a recent 13-game losing streak that was snapped with a 142-115 win over the LA Clippers. The last two games, however, went back to difficult defeats with losses against the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Hornets.

The team was at the center of the trade deadline when the franchise shipped former number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors. The Timberwolves received former All-Star D’Angelo Russell. This was a move that united Towns and Russell together. The chemistry of the two has been well documented, as they have been good friends off the court.

The Timberwolves now pose the challenge of developing the on-court chemistry of Towns and Russell for the future years. The team also needs to have Towns healthy first before they could expect any major changes to the franchise. Towns missed 18 games throughout the year as this serves as the longest time he has been sidelined. The former number one pick has been nursing an ankle and knee injury despite averaging a career-high.

Per Jon Krawcyznski of The Athletic by way of Bleacher Report, Towns might not be able to come back after the All-Star break. He is expected to miss multiple games with a left wrist injury he sustained in the 108-115 loss against the Hornets.

With 29 games left, the Timberwolves will have to be careful in the succeeding games regarding Towns’ health. With the team struggling to come close to the playoff picture, the Timberwolves can use the time to develop their new additions to the team. As Towns recovers from his injuries, Russell can end his season in a strong note by getting used to the Timberwolves franchise. Russell was traded to the Warriors in the offseason and was averaging 23.6 points and 6.3 assists per game.

Towns, on the other hand, has also been phenomenal with 26.5 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per outing. He is also shooting the ball in a high percentage with 50.8% from the field.

Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns has paid off for the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No.1 pick in the NBA Draft. Getty