NBA : Karl-Anthony Towns – D’Angelo Russell: What They Hoped And What Did They Find?


By Eurohoops Team /

D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns were close friends even before their NBA adventures began. They dreamed of playing in the NBA for a day together from their high school days. All basketball fans were excited that these two stars, whose talents were undoubtedly but whose days in the NBA were often turbulent, were on the same team as a result of the trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors about a year ago.

D’Angelo Russell, who was able to play high-level competitive basketball during his career, perhaps only during his time at the Brooklyn Nets, was going to Karl-Anthony Towns, who expressed that he was extremely uncomfortable with the bad results his team received. Although these two names had some weaknesses, especially on the defense side, what they could do on the offensive promised both Timberwolves team and basketball fans an important potential.

However, despite all this hope, the duo could not spend much time together on the parquet in the last 1 year. The duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell were able to play in only 5 matches together and we can say that the mountain gave birth to a mouse, even though the misfortunes have not been in the hands of the star players so far.

Shortly after this swap, with the rapid spread of the Covid-19 epidemic around the world, the NBA took a break from the season and decided to complete the season with matches in the playoff pot in Orlando Fanus. For this reason, the 2019-20 season of Timberwolves ended at the beginning of March.

Timberwolves fans were looking brighter into the future with the addition of Anthony Edwards from the first place in the draft. However, first of all, KAT stayed away from the flooring for a long time due to Covid-19 disease; The fact that D’Angelo Russell would likely miss the remainder of the season due to his operation after a knee injury delayed the hopes of Timberwolves fans to another spring.

Although this is a sad development from a basketball perspective, it may have some long-term benefits for the Timberwolves. The Minnesota team, which is currently in the last place with a score of 7-21, seems to anchor at the bottom of the NBA if there is no big change after D’Angelo’s injury for the remainder of the season.

Next year’s Draft class is much stronger than 2020. If the Timberwolves’ first round right in the 2021 Draft is ranked in the top 3, that right will remain in Minnesota as part of the D’Angelo Russell swap instead of going to the Golden State Warriors. If Timberwolves can pick an important potential from the top of the draft, they can start the next season with a much more ambitious team.

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