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Karl-Anthony Towns aiming to be best basketball player in the world


Karl-Anthony Towns is a supremely confident basketball player whose talent more than backs it up. Perhaps it shouldn’t be all that surprising, then, that the Minnesota Timberwolves star has set extremely high goals for himself and his NBA career:

He wants to be hailed as the best basketball player in the world.

Towns, a Kentucky Wildcat for one year, returned to his old stomping grounds in Lexington, Ky., this week for an appearance at a John Calipari basketball camp. And the 20-year-old oozed his trademark confidence when discussing his career aspirations.

“I honestly do,” Towns said when asked if he could one day be the best basketball player in the world, via the Courier-Journal. “I have the confidence in myself. I have everything I think to do it. Now it’s all up to me, to execute.

“Everyone in the NBA has the ability to do that. We all have the ability to be the best player in the world. Just matters who puts more time and puts more work in and who’s more fortunate enough to make it happen with the right situation. I feel that Minnesota right now gives me one of the best situations in all of the NBA.”

Towns’ standout first season with the Timberwolves garnered him the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The 7-foot center became only the fifth unanimous winner in league history after receiving all 130 first-place votes.

While Towns’ emergence into one of the top players in the NBA is all but assured, he’s hesitant to label himself a star at this point.

“I don’t look at myself as an NBA star,” Towns said. “I’m definitely a player. I’ve worked hard to make that my title.”

Regardless of Towns’ modest perception of himself, he is unquestionably a rising star on one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. With fellow former Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio and 2016 first-round pick Kris Dunn, among others, the Timberwolves are on the rise.

The hiring of Tom Thibodeau as head coach/executive further sets the T’Wolves up for future success.

And concerning Towns’ lofty goals to become the best basketball player on the planet? Anything’s possible.