StaTuesday: Towns claims Timberwolves’ all-time 40-15 game crown

This just in: Karl-Anthony Towns has broken another Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record.

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At age 23, Towns already holds the franchise’s bests for points scored in a single game (56) and season (2,061) as well as offensive rating in a season (126.7).

Again, at age 23.

So it shouldn’t come to any surprise to Timberwolves fans that Towns shattered another record Saturday in Minnesota’s 135-130 overtime win over Washington. In 37 minutes on the floor, Towns logged 40 points and 15 rebounds, good for his sixth career game with at least 40 points and 15 boards.

The Timberwolves have 13 total 40-15 games in franchise history. So Towns now nearly boasts more than Kevin Love, Al Jefferson and Kevin Garnett combined (7).

PLAYER DATE OPP PTS REB RESULT
Kevin Garnett Jan. 4, 2005 Suns 47 17 L, 122-115
Al Jefferson Jan. 27, 2008 Nets 40 19 W, 98-95
Kevin Love Dec. 18, 2010 Nuggets 43 17 L, 115-113
Kevin Love March 28, 2012 Bobcats 40 19 W, 88-83
Kevin Love Dec. 22, 2013 Clippers 45 19 L, 120-116
Kevin Love Feb. 1, 2014 Hawks 43 19 L, 120-113
Kevin Love Feb. 19, 2014 Pacers 42 16 W, 104-91
Karl-Anthony Towns Nov. 30, 2016 Knicks 47 18 L, 106-104
Karl-Anthony Towns Dec. 17, 2016 Rockets 41 16 L, 111-109
Karl-Anthony Towns April 9, 2017 Lakers 40 21 L, 110-109
Karl-Anthony Towns March 28, 2018 Hawks 56 15 W, 126-114
Karl-Anthony Towns Feb. 28, 2019 Pacers 42 17 L, 122-115
Karl-Anthony Towns March 9, 2019 Wizards 40 15 W, 135-130

Oddly enough, Minnesota is 5-8 overall in those games, and just 2-4 when Towns goes off for 40+ and 15+. But three of those losses in Towns’ reign have been by two points or less.

Want more Towns statistics? Oh, we have some.

Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is a per-minute rating that measures a player’s positive accomplishments (points, rebounds, steals, etc.) and subtracts the negative aspects (turnovers, etc.). Basically, it’s a measure of a player’s impact on the court all in one number.

Through his four seasons (well, three complete seasons and 64 games in 2018-19), Towns owns a PER of 25.0. He’s one of 12 players in NBA history to tally such a PER of 25+ in the first four NBA seasons.

Extend that list to players with a PER of 23+, and you can see Towns is ahead of a few NBA legends.

Better PER than Charles Barkley. Better PER than Tim Duncan. Better PER than LeBron James.

PLAYER YEARS GAMES PER
Wilt Chamberlain 1960-63 311 29.9
Michael Jordan 1985-88 264 29.1
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970-73 321 27.4
Shaquille O’Neal 1993-96 295 26.6
Bob Pettit 1955-58 285 26.5
Anthony Davis* 2013-16 260 26.3
David Robinson 1990-93 314 26.3
Oscar Robinson 1961-64 309 26.0
Elgin Baylor 1959-62 261 25.9
Chris Paul* 2006-09 300 25.8
Neil Johnson 1952-55 278 25.0
Karl-Anthony Towns* 2016-19 310 25.0
Nikola Jokic* 2016-19 292 24.9
Dwyane Wade* 2004-07 264 24.4
LeBron James* 2004-07 316 24.2
Walt Bellamy 1962-65 319 24.1
Charles Barkley 1985-88 310 23.7
Tim Duncan 1998-2001 288 23.6
Ed Macauley 1950-53 270 23.5
Hakeem Olajuwon 1985-88 304 23.1
Bob McAdoo 1973-76 314 23.0

*active

Of the 20 players on this list, 15 of them are retired — and 14 have their own bust in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The only one who isn’t in the Hall is Tim Duncan, who will be a shoo-in when he’s eligible in 2020.

Yep, Towns is in some good company.