Karl-Anthony Towns is a Dominican professional basketball player who plays as a center for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. His father, Karl Towns Sr. played college basketball for Monmouth University and went on to coach Piscataway Technical High School. He attended high school at St. Joseph (Metuchen, New Jersey). At the age of 16, he opted to play for his mother’s native the Dominican Republic instead of USA.
At St. Joseph he won three back to back state championships between 2012-2014. In 2012 he won Gold medal with the Dominican Republic at 2012 Centrobasket. Towns recorded two quadruple-double during his high school career and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014. Karl in 2014 attended the University of Kentucky, where he studied Kinesiology before declaring for the 2015 NBA draft.
Karl was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first pick in the 2015 NBA draft. He made his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 28, recording a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and started all 82 games in his rookie season. He won the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge. He won the Western Conference Rookie of the Month award in each of the season's six months and was unanimously awarded NBA Rookie of the Year. He finished the season with 51 double-doubles.
Towns recorded his first career triple-double 0n December 28, 2016, against the Denver Nuggets. He made his 100th career double-double against the Los Angeles Clippers. He finished the season with 62 double-doubles. Towns was in history books once again as he became the only player to have at least 2,000 points (2,061), 1,000 rebounds (1,007) and 100 3-pointers (101) in a season during 2016–17 NBA season.
For a third consecutive year, he started all 82 games. On December 14, 2017, against the Sacramento Kings, Karl had 30 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks. In 2018 he was named as a reserve for the All-Star game. On March 28, 2018, he scored a franchise-record 56 points with 15 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks. He finished 2017-18 with most (68) double-doubles during the regular season. Towns signed a 5-year, $190 super-maximum extension with the Timberwolves on September 23, 2018.