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NBA Rumors: Is Karl-Anthony Towns the Next Kevin Garnett?

The Karl-Anthony Towns-Kevin Garnett comparisons have grown stronger when the former recreated the latter’s Slam Magazine cover photo in the publication’s recent issue.

An iconic image

Kevin Garnett appeared on the cover of Slam Magazine in 1999, when he was already making waves in the NBA as the newest superstar of the Minnesota Timberwolves roster. The photo of him holding a basketball on his left hand became an iconic image as it bore the caption “100% Real Juice.”

Seventeen years later, the same publication decided to put in KG’s protégé, Karl-Anthony Towns on the cover, bearing the same pose and caption.

Like Garnett, the 20-year-old professional basketball player was also a first round (first overall) pick by the Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA draft. But unlike his elder counterpart, Towns was able to bag the Rookie of the Year Honors last season.

The similarities between both players are uncanny. As pointed out in a report by Alex Swendig for FanSided’s Dunking with Wolves, both were already superstars before entering  the NBA. The difference, however, was that Towns was able to further take his talents to the collegiate level for the University of Kentucky while Garnett went straight to the pros after high school.

The beginning of their rookie years showed some similarities as well.

“Garnett might have struggled a bit in his first year, but it was easy to see the potential in him. Towns, while he had a fantastic rookie year, still has a lot of potential,” Swendig noted in his report.

NBA Rumors – Recognizing a Hall-of-Famer

The 40-year-old Garnett has reportedly forgone his retirement plans with the appointment of Tom Thibodeau as the new head coach of the Timberwolves. With the said plans in place, he is also expected to further guide Towns in his sophomore year.

But for the young player, someone of Garnett’s status is not expected to lock himself in any terms, given that he is already a future Hall-of-Famer.

“We all love KG. We loved his presence on the court,” Towns told Bleacher Report. “But that’s not my job. He deserves to do whatever he wants to do in his career. He’s earned that right. He’s earned his Hall of Fame status.”

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