Towns had just eight points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds and three assists before fouling out in 22 minutes Wednesday against the Spurs. It was an uninspiring start to the season for the All-Star, who took just six shots and committed three turnovers. The foul trouble was clearly an issue, but Towns also struggled near the end of the preseason, so his production over the next few games is something to monitor. History -- 23.2 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 2.6 APG over the last two seasons -- suggests he'll bounce back.
Towns led Minnesota with 23 points (8-18 FG, 2-5 3PT), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a 113-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The two steals and two blocks may be the most encouraging part about this stat line, as Towns has been criticized for his lackluster defense throughout his career. He's already a double-double machine and defensive stats like these would only add to his already impressive top-10 value. The fact that Jimmy Butler may be traded only adds to Towns' intrigue too, as he's undoubtedly the go-to guy in Minnesota right now.
Towns signed a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension with the Timberwolves on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Regarding the extension, Towns stated, "I promise to the fans, my teammates and the organization to keep the vision of the man who drafted me, Flip Saunders, alive and treat his dream of winning with respect and dignity. To the fans from Day One and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you." Word emerged in mid-July that Towns and the Wolves began engaging in discussions regarding a maximum extension, and the deal has gotten done just prior to the beginning of training camp. Towns was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and hasn't missed a game in his first three seasons. He secured his first All-Star nod last year on the back of 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks. Towns is also one of the most efficient big men in the league, shooting 54.5 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three and 85.8 percent from the line in 2017-18. If Jimmy Butler's trade request is fulfilled, Towns could be in store for higher usage during the upcoming season.
Towns and the Timberwolves have engaged in discussions regarding a maximum contract extension, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports. Reports surfaced in late June of a rift between Towns and head coach Tom Thibodeau, but both men quickly refuted the accusations of discord, according to Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Towns' interest in re-signing on a long-term deal seemingly supports the idea that any discontent with the organization is overblown, though it's uncertain how far along player and team are in negotiations for the extension. Even if he doesn't put pen to paper on a new deal by the time the season starts, Towns will undoubtedly enter 2018-19 as a centerpiece of the Timberwolves and a worthy first-round selection in just about every format. Towns has yet to miss a game in his three NBA seasons and averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.4 blocks in 35.6 minutes per game in 2017-18 while delivering a career-best 64.6 true shooting percentage.
Towns had 23 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to the Rockets. Towns did all he could Wednesday but it was not enough as the Wolves fell out of the playoffs after a 122-104 loss to the Rockets. Towns struggled across the first couple of games but worked things out down the stretch and it is all a learning experience for the third-year superstar. The Wolves will need to have a look at their team-build over the off-season but no matter the outcome, Towns is going to remain the focal point for the foreseeable future.
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