Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the league’s most talented players.
As such, people often seek him out to get his assessment of other top-tier names around the NBA.
This week, that top-tier name ended up being Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook.
While doing a live interview with Twitch streamer Adin Ross, Towns was asked for his opinion on Westbrook as a player.
At that point, Towns gave a very blunt assessment of Westbrook’s game.
Karl Anthony Towns when asked what he thinks about Russell Westbrook:
“He definitely gets stats, he chases stats” 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/5CIlMgUFTH
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“He definitely gets stats. He chases stats,” Towns said. “I think he’s a hell of a player, though. I don’t care what anyone says; do you know how hard it is to get a triple-double? And he plays hella hard. I just think that sometimes he plays too quick. He tries to do too much.”
While Towns definitely tried to sugar coat it, his take there is clear. Theoretically getting triple-doubles is hard and Westbrook does it regularly, so clearly he has some talent in that regard.
That being said – he plays sloppy and turns the ball over too much. And it hurts his team on a consistent basis, regardless of who that team is.
Westbrook is currently second in the NBA with 4.6 turnovers per game. It’s okay to have one weakness, and if that was his only one, so be it. But he also shoots 30 percent from beyond the arc (on his best days) and allows defenses to wander because they know he couldn’t hit the side of a barn from three.
Either that or he clogs up the middle, where LeBron James likes to operate and is more efficient – making him an odd fit for the Lakers altogether.
There is a reason LA has spoken to two teams about trading him away. Whether the front office will ultimately be able to pull it off or not remains to be seen.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) December 27, 2021
This isn’t the first time Towns has refused to shy away from offering tough criticism to another player – albeit in a nice way. He did the same thing with Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and his vaccination stance.
Towns may seem mild-mannered, but more often than not – he keeps it real.