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Among joining numerous all-time lists in both NBA history and the history of the Minnesota Timberwolves in his second season in the league, Karl-Anthony Towns accomplished something this season that no other player at his age has in the history of the game.
After tallying 28 points and 21 rebounds in Wednesday night’s season finale against the Houston Rockets, Towns recorded his 2,061st point and his 1,007 rebound of the season, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to have 2,000-plus points and 1,000-plus rebounds in a single season.
Towns also made three three-pointers in the game, passing 100 threes on the season. With that, the 21-year-old big man become the first player in NBA history to tally over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and make over 100 threes in a year.
Along with those accolades, Towns’ 2,061 points this season was enough to pass Kevin Love for the most points in a single season in Wolves history. Love finished with 2,010 points in 2013-14.
“To me it doesn’t mean too much. I wish I could’ve made the playoffs and had none of those stats,” Towns said after Wednesday’s game. “I guess to have that it’s more of a compliment to our training staff that works on keeping me healthy every single game and allowed me to play at a high level for 82 straight games. It’s because of them and our coaching that I’m even able to have those kind of numbers. I would trade them in for a playoff run.”
Appearing in all 82 games for the Wolves this season, Towns finished with 25.1 points (12th in the NBA), 12.3 rebounds (sixth in the NBA), 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game this season. He also shot 54.2 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three and 83.2 percent from the free throw line.
Towns clearly made more impressive strides in year two. And the 7-foot center is determined to accomplish even more in year three.