T’Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns says he’s ‘the greatest big man shooter of all time’
By Ryan Ward
Minnesota Timberwolves star big man Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the league’s most talented players.
Towns has become a highly effective scorer behind his ability to fill up the stat sheet in the paint while stretching the floor with his outside shot. All that has guided him to voice that he will become regarded as the greatest shooting big man.
“I’m the greatest big man shooter of all time,’ Towns said via Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “That’s a fact. You can see the stats. I ain’t got to play like no one else. Everyone trying to find themselves to be the second version of me when I’m the first version. I don’t got to be the second version of someone else. I’m already an original. I don’t have to be a duplicate of someone else.”
Towns’ confidence in his ability stems from scoring from outside the paint, particularly his effectiveness as a 3-point shooter. He’s hitting at a 39.7% mark from beyond the arc.
In the 2021-22 campaign, he’s hitting at a 41.8% mark with 5.7 attempts per contest. He’s tallied north of 40% three times before this year while shooting above 36% in every campaign since his rookie campaign.
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It’s a lofty proclamation, as former Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki comes to mind to hold that title. Nowitzki helped change the game behind his outside shooting opening the door for more big men to shoot from beyond the paint, extending to the 3-point line.
Towns is off to a promising start, but he will need to maintain his shooting excellence throughout the rest of his career to garner that recognition.