Karl Anthony Towns made a statement a few weeks back saying he was the best big man 3 point shooter ever. Well, the Timberwolves Big man has certainly made a case for himself after winning the 3 point contest at All-Star weekend today. The Center broke the final round scoring record with 29 points (previous record 28 points).
The contestants in the contest include Zach Lavine, Desmond Bane, Fred VanVleet, Patty Mills, CJ McCollum, Trae Young, Luke Kennard, and Karl Anthony Towns. The 3 players that made the final round were Towns, Young and Kennard. Towns had the worst odds to win among the 3 finalists. The big man proved doubters wrong and scored 29 points in the final round. He went first and put a lot of pressure on Kennard and Young with the high score.
The last big man to win the contest was Kevin Love in 2012. A whole decade later we have another big man that is making a name for himself as a 3 point shooter. Towns are averaging the best 3 point percentage(39.4%) of all big man shooters that have been in the league through their first 6 seasons. Towns have averaged more than 40% 3 points shooting 3 out of the 6 years and is on pace to do it this year with a current shooting percentage of 40.9%.
The former first-round pick has been great this season and is averaging 24.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4 assists per game this season. He along with Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell has led the Minnesota Timberwolves to the 7th seed in the western conference. The big man is averaging 5 3 pointers a game this season and looking at how things stand he should probably take more.