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Karl-Anthony Towns on Timberwolves: ‘We got to make the playoffs’

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The Minnesota Timberwovles are unquestionably one of the up and coming teams in the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns — the league’s reigning Rookie of the Year and one of the centerpieces of the Wolves’ march back to respectability — believes next season must be a successful one.

And for the Timberwovles, Towns believes anything short of a trip to the postseason for the first time in over a decade would have to be considered a disappointment.

“We’ve got to make the playoffs,” Towns told Jared Zwerling of the NBAPA’s official site. “We’ve got to do something special, and it’s up to us to continue to work and to make that happen.”

The Timberwolves began their return to relevance with the acquisition of Andrew Wiggins in 2014’s Kevin Love trade. Wiggins went on to earn Rookie of the Year honors.

With Towns and Wiggins serving as the “Big Two” on the roster, the T’Wolves boast one of the most talented nucleus of young players in the association, also boasting Zach LaVine, 2016 first-round pick Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio (for now) as well as a handful of dynamic role players.

Minnesota is coming off a 29-53 campaign, though, meaning a huge leap in victories will be necessary to sniff the eighth-seed in the stacked Western Conference.

More than that, the Wolves have for years been among the NBA’s worst defensive teams. This made the offseason decision to bring in Tom Thibodeau — who built his reputation on coaching sound team defense — to run the Wolves on and off the court such an astute move.

Towns had nothing but good things to say about Thibodeau.

“He’s taught me a lot so far,” Towns said of Thibodeau. “He’s really smart, he’s a great guy. I look at him not even as my coach, but as a good friend of mine, and that’s how it has to be. If we want to be able to go to another spot to something greater, we have to always be on the same page and have a good rapport. That’s what we do have.”

Meaning there’s probably nowhere to go but up for the fast-rising T’Wolves.

[Pro Basketball Talk]