The Minnesota Timberwolves are right in the thick of things as the deadline looms on a potential Ben Simmons trade. Whether Minnesota gets a deal done for Simmons or not is anybody’s guess at this point. But if they somehow find a way to pull it off, nobody’s going to benefit more than Karl-Anthony Towns.

Karl-Anthony Towns has become somewhat of a forgotten superstar in the NBA. KAT had garnered two All-Star selections by his fourth NBA season and even landed on an All-NBA team during just his third year. He was widely considered as one of the most desirable franchise players in the league with sky-high potential perfectly built for the modern NBA.

However, after two tumultuous seasons where both he and his squad dealt with a rash of injuries, Karl-Anthony Towns has become a relative afterthought. This despite possessing a unicorn skillset most people could only create on NBA 2K.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns is the biggest winner in any Ben Simmons trade

In many ways, Karl-Anthony Towns is the polar opposite of Ben Simmons.

In his last three seasons, Towns has averaged 25 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting over 50% from the field. His greatest weapon has clearly become his three-point stroke. Karl-Anthony Towns went from attempting 2.7 threes per contest during his first three years, to more than doubling that at 5.8 attempts per game in his last three.