Karl-Anthony Towns truly believes he can be the best basketball player in the world.
If he keeps making the league’s best defenders look like helpless plebes as he did on Wednesday night, he just might have a chance to get there.
In a single sequence, the Minnesota Timberwolves star flashed some slick passing ability, his court awareness, his smooth jumper, and a perfect dose of cockiness in vanquishing all-world defender Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.
On a broken play during the teams’ preseason matchup in Shenzhen, China (that occurred early in the morning here in the United States), Towns came up with the rock and fired a ridiculous behind-the-back pass to his new running mate Jimmy Butler.
When the wing couldn’t get a clean look, he found Towns in the corner, who had the waist-down karate enthusiast barreling down on him.
Towns deked Green out of his shoes with a shot fake, paused to give the reigning Defensive Player of the Year a considerable staredown, then splashed a three-ball on him.
WHEWWW Karl-Anthony Towns drops a filthy behind back dime, gets ball back, stares down Draymond, looks him back, BUCKETS 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/sjsqC0cNEV
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) October 5, 2017
The much-improved Timberwolves bested the Warriors in the exhibition, 111-97. Towns scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished three assists in just 26 minutes of action.
It’s plays like this that have opposing general managers fearing all upcoming matchups with Minnesota. In a recent survey of GMs, Towns was voted the player they’d most like to build around for the future, with his 29 percent edging out the 21 percent of the Milwaukee Bucks’ do-everything smoothie lover Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Towns was also tabbed by GMs as the league’s best center, earning 28 percent of the votes, barely beating Anthony Davis and his 24 percent.
Thanks to the addition of Butler and the likely improvement of Towns, GMs voted Minnesota as the most-improved squad, with 69 percent of the vote.