Below are notes from Timberwolves PR sent out after the game in Boston on Monday.
- Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, the first time this season he's recorded 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in back-to-back games and his first career 25+ point, 15+ rebound performance.
- Towns has now recorded 20 point, 10 rebound games in three of his last four games and seven times this season. He's the 11th player in franchise history to tally 25+ points, 15+ rebounds in a game. Kevin Garnett holds the franchise record with 84 such games.
- Towns had 14 first quarter points on 4-of-6 shooting, the most points in a first quarter by a Wolves player this season. His 14-point quarter matched the rookie high in a quarter this season (14, Jahlil Okafor [3rd quarter at Chicago, Nov. 9]).
- Towns finished a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line, season highs in both free throws made and attempted. Towns has now made his last 28 attempts from the line. He's shooting 86.7% from the line.
- Tonight was Towns' 18th game this season with 2+ blocks. Only Miami's Hassan Whiteside (24) has more such games entering the night. Towns now has 58 blocks in 28 games.
Checking up on Towns' Advanced Statistics
His 23.1 PER is currently the 14th best in the NBA.
Rookies with highest PER since 1985: 26.3 David Robinson 25.8 Michael Jordan 23.1 KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS 22.9 Shaquille O'Neal 22.6 Tim Duncan— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) December 22, 2015
His .593 True Shooting percentage (TS%) is good for 17th overall.
Gorgui Dieng! .607!
...how about Towns' block percentage?
Only Hassan Whiteside blocks a higher percentage of two-point shots when he's on the floor. All hail Sir Big KAT of Kentucky.
How's he doing on the glass? Well, he's only grabbing 18.6% of available rebounds when he's on the floor. I'd say that's pretty good for a 20-year-old rookie.
Next time box out that Karl-Anthony Towns kid! https://t.co/60e0XQmHX4— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 16, 2015
KAT also leads the Wolves in Win Shares Per 48 Minutes (WS/48) with an impressive .176 mark. Dieng is the closest at .134 and next comes Andre Miller (.133) and Ricky Rubio (.128). This is an estimate of the number of wins a player contributes per 48 minutes, with the league average being approximately .100.
His 1.27 RPM (Real Plus-Minus) is good for 72nd in the league. You can look at the full list here. Towns is an absolute beast already. We're witnessing rookie greatness.