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All-NBA Teams Announced, Karl-Anthony Towns Misses Out

The Wolves big man did not make an All-NBA team, which saves the Wolves some money

Minnesota Timberwolves v Indiana Pacers Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The NBA announced its All NBA teams today, and they look like this:

First Team

Stephen Curry
James Harden
Paul George
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Nikola Jokic

Second Team

Damian Lillard
Kyrie Irving
Kevin Durant
Kawhi Leonard
Joel Embiid

Third Team

Russell Westbrook
Kemba Walker
Blake Griffin
LeBron James
Rudy Gobert

I personally don’t get too worked up about awards like this; I suppose it looks OK to me. Not sure Irving belongs on the second team. and not a huge fan of LeBron’s season, but whatever. Bradley Beal seems the most significant snub off the top of my head. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Chris Paul, Jrue Holiday are other names that could have gotten a spot.

The absence of Towns from the All-NBA teams means that his extension will be worth roughly $158 million, as opposed to the $191 million he would have gotten had he made the team. For next season, it saves the Wolves about $5.5M, which is significant given how cap strapped they are.

We’ll have an update on the specifics of their cap situation soon, but this savings might make it possible for the Wolves to use the entire MLE and fill the roster under the luxury tax line, which of course they will try to avoid.