Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Ends Season With a Handful of Historic Firsts

On Wednesday night (April 12), Minnesota Timberwolves’ Center Karl-Anthony Towns ended his season on a high note as he and his team played against the Rockets. It has been quite the historic season for the young player and even though that night meant a 123-118 loss for Minnesota, Karl-Anthony won in many other ways. That night, Karl-Anthony made NBA history by becoming the only player to score at least 2,000 points (2,061), 1,000 rebounds (1,007), AND 100 three-pointers (101) in a NBA season. He is also the first Dominican NBA player to do so!

The night before (April 11), Karl-Anthony beat Kevin Love’s previous franchise single-season scoring record (2,010) in game 81’s 100-98 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. KAT scored 26 points and 12 rebounds during that game, surpassing Love’s franchise record for points in a season.

And that’s not all his firsts! With his 2,000 point, 1,000 rebound season, the 7-foot Timberwolves player is the 15th player ever to achieve this in the history of NBA. Additionally, he is also the first player since Tim Duncan’s 2001-02 season and the youngest player ever with this stat.

KAT is also the youngest player to average a score of at least 25 points per game and 10 rebounds per game in NBA history. In fact, according to Vibe, the native of New Jersey played in every game and averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, and over 2 assists. He is also the first player to have a second season of more than 2,000 points since LeBron James’ 2004-05 season.

In his 2015-16 season, Karl-Anthony was crowned NBA Rookie of the Year  and, with stats like this, rightfully so! The young player, who is only 21, is sure to have a long and accomplished career ahead of him. Now, if only he could elevate his whole team to his level. Either way, Karl-Anthony’s future of legendary NBA baller status and lucrative endorsement deals is imminent.

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