KEY POINTS

  • Towns wants T-Wolves teammates to play smarter basketball
  • Towns needs a better supporting cast to turn things around for Minnesota
  • Andrew Wiggins needs to be more consistent and help out Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves was recently the subject of NBA trade talks. The 24-year-old laid all those speculations to rest, stressing his team is no longer the circus it used to be.  However, that does not mean his teammates should not play smart basketball.

The top pick of the 2015 NBA Draft was visibly frustrated at his teammates following a heartbreaking loss to the Sacramento Kings. They led by as much as 17 points in the fourth quarter but eventually lost in overtime, 133-129, ESPN Stats & Info reported. They led by as many as 27 points at one point in the game.

A big reason for the sudden turn of events is the play of Buddy Hield. The 27-year-old guard erupted for a career-high 42-points, enough to push the Kings to their second win. However, the whole thing left a bad impression on Minnesota who has dropped their 10th game in a row.

Though frustrated, it appeared Towns was not about to go down on his teammates. When asked if he believed the rest of the Timberwolves are committed, the two-time NBA All-Star believed his teammates were and that they just had to play smarter in an interview that was shared on Twitter by Darren Wolfson.

“I think everyone is committed. We’ve just gotta be smarter — gotta be smarter all around,” said Towns.

Looking at the standings the Timberwolves are just ahead of the Golden State Warriors at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. It would take a lot for them to reach the NBA playoffs with only 35 games left in the regular season.

Towns is considered the cornerstone of the franchise with Minnesota needing to surround him with players that can help. Andrew Wiggins was supposedly one of them but the top pick of the 2014 NBA Draft has hardly made a difference.

Just last week, Wiggins was at the wrong end when head coach Ryan Saunders got ticked at his first-half performance against the Chicago Bulls, the Star Tribune reported. Later on, Wiggins admitted that he deserved it and something he needed.

“I needed it,” he said. “The first half was a bad first half. I wasn’t aggressive. I was settling. I feel like in the second half, I just was a little more aggressive, tried to get downhill, creating for guys and do whatever I could to help the team win.”

Though he responded positively, it remains that Wiggins needs to live up to his end of the bargain to get the T-Wolves going. If he fails to do so, dealing him away for someone willing to help Towns is a possibility.

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