After two continuous All-Star appearances, Karl-Anthony Towns was left off the current year’s list, something the Minnesota Timberwolves star is troubled about.
“It’s unfortunate that this year’s All-Star Game won’t have the 24 best players in the NBA,” Towns told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after Saturday’s loss to the LA Clippers.
Towns are averaging 27.0 points and 10.8 bounce back this season however has missed 17 games for the Wolves (15-33). If Towns had played in enough games now in the season to qualify, he’d be in the top 10 in the league in both scoring and bouncing back.
“I’m desensitized to being disrespected in this league,” said Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. “I’ve been disrespected since I came in. It’s nothing new when I didn’t see my name up there. When you’re a person who’s been disrespected like me so much, it’s something you expect honestly. You’re kind of shocked when you do get it.”
In spite of his feelings about missing out on a third career All-Star appearance, Towns said his essential focus is recovering the Wolves on track.
“It’s not about the All-Star Game, it’s about being in the NBA Finals, being in the playoffs, about winning games,” Towns said. “That’s how you build a legacy. All-Star is cool and stuff for the fans, but I’m here for the people in this locker room.”
The Wolves, losers of 11 straight, finish up a two-game Western road trip at Sacramento on Monday night.
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