While scrolling through Twitter there was a bold quote from Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns that caught my attention.
“I think I’m one of the best offensive players and Talents the NBA has ever seen”Karl-Anthony Towns during an interview with CBS Sports
My initial reaction to this statement from the talented big man was not good. Towns is a good scorer, but his game is limited. His best asset is long-range shooting. He doesn’t really have a mid-range game so how can he be the best the NBA has ever seen?
In addition, his footwork is terrible. To his credit, he is the best ball-handler the NBA has ever seen as a big man. Unfortunately, that does not equate to being the best scorer the NBA has ever seen. There are many current players that are better scorers better than Karl-Anthony Towns. That’s not even mentioning past players.
For starters, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) are clear better scorers than Towns. Larry Bird is another that could score in more ways than Towns can. Honestly, there are so many scorers better than Towns, that it isn’t worth listing them.
Why does Towns think he’s the best offensive player?
I would like to ask Towns what lead him to believe he’s the best offensive player the NBA has ever seen because this one is puzzling. Just go back a few years and look at longtime Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki. He was a skilled seven-footer. He won a championship as the focal point, and lead his team to the playoffs numerous times. Currently, we just have to look at Kevin Durant. He can score on anyone at will. Durant is another 7 seven-footer and another NBA champion. Additionally, he makes any team he is on an instant contender.
The hard truth about Karl-Anthony Towns.
It’s unfortunate because Towns has only been to the playoffs twice in his career. Can he really say he’s the best after being constantly bullied by smaller defenders? Furthermore, he hasn’t won a scoring title or been the focal point on a contending team. While confidence is great, Towns is definitely not close to being the best scorer the NBA has ever seen.