This month's Slam Magazine cover features last year's ROY, and future first ballot Hall of Famer, Karl-Anthony Towns, posing for the cover the same way his mentor KG did 17 short years ago in 1999. It is no secret or surprise that KG took KAT under his wing when the rookie arrived in Minnesota, and the two have been connected ever since, and the comparisons between the two are as real as it gets.
KG is one of the games greatest Power Forwards, and that is not even close for debate. The way he dominated the West as a young star in Minnesota, on a team with little to no help, and then how he anchored the Celtics big-three as a defensive hero, and leader, finally securing that elusive championship ring. KG is a 15-time All-Star, the 2003-2004 MVP, a 12-time All-Defensive player, who is top 20 all time in career Points and top 10 in career Rebounds. He is a sure fire Hall of Famer, and is coming up on what is most likely his last season in an NBA uniform, and I think he will leave off on a great foot, as he has helped mold and mentor all the young stars on this Timberwolves team, setting them up for what is hopefully years of success.
Karl-Anthony Towns is about as real of a deal as it gets, posting the best numbers a rookie ever has since The King himself, Lebron James. The young superstar played all 82 games last season for Minnesota, averaging 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks, in 32 minutes a game. This kid has it all. He has the size and athleticism to play the 4 or 5, and has the offensive and defensive skills to make plays on both ends of the court, just like KG. With Andrew Wiggins only getting better and looking like a future MVP himself, Karl-Anthony is poised for a huge season. The Wolves have spent the last 3 off-seasons, since Kevin Love's departure, on building a young, talent filled squad, and the cards are looking like they have finally fallen into place.
I hope the Wolves go out and win the damn championship and Minnesota can send their greatest player ever, KG, off the way he deserves.