Many people point to Dirk Nowitzki as the best shooting big man, but whether that's true is really subjective.
Even if you factor Nowitzki into the argument, Karl-Anthony Towns has a strong case to make when it comes to being the best shooting heavyweight of all time.
By the numbers
Towns is in his fourth season of averaging at least 40 percent from three while averaging at least 3.5 three-point attempts per game. That is a first for someone standing at least 6'11" tall.
What's even more eye-popping is that he averaged over 41 percent shooting on nearly eight three-point attempts per game back during the 2019-20 season, although it was just a 35 game sample size.
Additionally, his career 57.7 effective field goal percentage while taking at least 1,000 three-point attempts is also first among players his size.
We can get into the numbers all we want, but the eye test exists as well, and that should tell us that the way he can hit step back threes, create his own shot, drive to the rim and dominate as a low post scorer speaks to the versatility of KAT's offensive repertoire, as it's very rare for a big man of his size to be this versatile and dominant on that side of the ball.
Big KAT puts up historic performance
KAT put up an absolutely dominant performance in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 149-139 win over the San Antonio Spurs, as he dropped 60 points on 19-of-31 shooting, including seven three-pointers, to go along with 17 rebounds and three assists.
With that performance, he became the first centre to have a 60 point game since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.
The Spurs had absolutely no answer for Towns in that game, as the defenders would lose him in pick-and-roll situations or leave lanes wide open for KAT to inflict some serious damage. In instances where Spurs defenders tried to deny Towns an open lane, they just simply forgot that he can kill them with step back threes as well.
Additionally, the Spurs couldn't keep their hands off KAT, as they sent him to the free throw line for 16 attempts, with him converting 15 of them.
With the Timberwolves finally putting the right pieces around their franchise player, there finally seems to be a positive direction for the overall franchise.
They're likely going to make the play-offs and could very well win a series if they continue to stay as hot as they have.
With everything KAT has been through, including losing his mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, to Covid-19 at the earliest part of the pandemic, he deserves to have this moment.
Here's to hoping KAT continues to play some MVP-level basketball and good health and fortune continues for him and his family!