A look at Karl-Anthony Towns' strong play over the last two weeks
POSTED: Feb 11, 2016 2:13 PM ET
UPDATED: Feb 11, 2016 2:27 PM ET
Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns is posting historically good numbers for Minnesota this season.
Expectations are always high for the No. 1 draft pick.
They're pegged as a superstar in the making and expected to show signs of this stardom for their entire rookie season. It's a lot of pressure, and many No. 1 picks aren't up for the challenge.
Karl-Anthony Towns is not only up for the challenge, he embraces it with expectations of his own that surpass those from others around the league.
"I feel like maybe I've underwhelmed myself a little this year but that's just because my expectations of myself are so high," Towns told Slam Magazine. "You go in with a set of goals and expectations and I just always try to strive to get to those expectations and goals."
If Towns thinks his recent play is underwhelming, then his opponents over the coming years are in for some trouble. Over the past two weeks, the seven-foot, 20-year-old rookie is averaging 23.4 points on 60.2 percent shooting from the field, 36.4 percent from 3-point range, 83.3 percent from the line, 12.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals in 34.7 minutes for Minnesota. He has tallied a double-double in nine straight games and blocked at least one shot in 13 straight.
On Wednesday, he joined LeBron James and Kevin Durant as the three youngest players to tally more than 35 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a game since blocks became an official stat in 1973. On the season, he joins Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis and Pau Gasol as the only players averaging at least 17 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
Towns ranks as the fifth best Yahoo! fantasy player over the last two weeks, sitting behind only Durant, James Harden, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. All five of these players will be represented at All-Star 2016 with Towns leading the World squad in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and the other four representing the West in Sunday's main event. If Towns keeps up his current pace, there's no question he will join these other superstars on the West All-Star team next season.
But it's safe to assume Towns' expectations are much higher.
He's going to be a Hall of Famer in this league.
– Kevin Durant
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