Karl-Anthony Towns should be in the NBA MVP running

NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

After an impressive start to the season, you can make a case that Karl-Anthony Towns should be in the NBA MVP award conversation

Karl-Anthony Towns has come up with a strategy every time he steps on the court. His strategy…to set a better example for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The type of example that would not focus on him as the cornerstone of the team. He’s looking to be a better example as a team player than an NBA superstar.

After dropping an incredible season-high 37 points against the Charlotte Hornets on October 25, Towns appears to want to change the culture within the team’s staff and front office. Seeking a better relationship, he doesn’t want the individual accolades to determine the outcome of the team making the NBA playoffs.

KAT has been so impactful to the team – both on and off the floor – this season and the rest of the league (and the writers) are beginning to take notice. With the Wolves at 10-9, sitting in the top 8 of the Western Conference, Towns has already begun to climb up the NBA’s MVP Ladder.

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Towns is averaging career-high numbers this season, posting 26 points, 12.5 rebounds and four assists per contest on 50 percent shooting from the field and an impressive 42 percent from 3-point range (on nearly nine attempts per game).

The “other” stats that have been almost equally impressive are his 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Because of his incredible numbers, the Wolves are over .500 through the first quarter of the season and are currently sitting in playoff seeding. Perhaps the best development is the fact that this team is just scratching the surface of what they could be – between budding stars Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely leading the NBA MVP race, averaging 31 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists as he has the Milwaukee Bucks sitting atop the Eastern Conference once again. After Giannis, you could make a case for the resurgent LeBron James – averaging 26 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds.

Kemba Walker, Luka Doncic, and James Harden likely round out anyone’s top 5 in the league MVP race. After that, though, there’s a number of players that would have an argument to be in the conversation.

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And with the way that he’s started the season, there’s no question that Karl-Anthony Towns should be in that second tier.