The Minnesota Timberwolves have two all-stars for the first time since the 2003-2004 season. Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were selected as reserves for the Western Conference.
This will be Butler’s fourth career selection, his first with the Timberwolves. Butler is averaging 21.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and five assists per game on 47 percent shooting this season. He was selected to the Eastern Conference team last season as a starter but the West’s frontcourt was too stacked for him to crack the lineup this time.
For Towns, this will be his first all-star appearance. Towns is averaging 20 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game this season. He has previously competed in the Skills Challenge and Rising Stars Game during All-Star Weekend.
Butler and Towns are the sixth and seventh all-stars in team history and the first since Kevin Love in 2014. They are also the first pair of teammates since Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell in 2004 to be selected for the game. For what it’s worth, they’re also the team’s first all-stars not named “Kevin” since Cassell.
Thanks to Butler and Towns, the Wolves are currently in third place in the Western Conference and already matched their win total from last season. These things matter when it comes to who gets chosen and who doesn’t.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18.