May 24, 2018, 3:05 pm
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler were named to the All-NBA Third team, the NBA announced Thursday. They were joined by Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo and Paul George on the Third team. The First and Second teams can be found below.
Here’s how the votes went out on the All-NBA awards: pic.twitter.com/5KapJA2Cm3
— Oliver Maroney (@OliverMaroney) May 24, 2018
For Jimmy Butler this is his second consecutive All-NBA honor, both coming on the Third team. Butler averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. His scoring led the prolific Wolves’ offense, which ranked fourth in the NBA as a team. Overall Butler ranked 15th in the NBA in points per game and tied for second in steals.
His defense was also a major factor for the Wolves, and he was recognized for his efforts yesterday with a NBA All-Defensive Team selection. According to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, Butler ranked 22nd in defensive plus-minus and third overall in real plus-minus.
For Karl-Anthony Towns this marks his first All-NBA selection. He ranked just behind Butler in points with 21.3 per game, adding 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks. His rebounding ranked fourth in the NBA and he racked up a league-leading 68 double-doubles. He was dependable, starting all 82 regular season games and all five playoff games. He was also highly efficient, shooting a career-best 54.5 percent from the field, a career-best 42.1 percent from 3-point range, and a career-best 85.8 percent from the line.
Towns also set a couple of milestones this season by making his first All-Star appearance and scoring a single-game franchise record 56 points in a March 28 games against the Atlanta Hawks. According to NBA.com, Towns also became the first player in NBA history to collect at least 5000 points, 2500 rebounds and 250 3-pointers in their first three seasons.
This honor comes with extra incentive for Towns as well. With this All-NBA selection, Towns can negotiate up to 30 percent of the 2019/20 salary cap in a contract extension this summer, as noted by Bobby Marks of ESPN.
Karl-Anthony Towns can receive an extension this summer up to 30% of the salary cap in 2019-20. Towns who earned All-NBA (third team) could earn up to $188M on a possible extension.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) May 24, 2018
Towns can only receive this from the Wolves, giving him extra incentive to stay in Minneapolis. Full details on a potential Towns extension can be found HERE.
This is the first All-NBA selection for the Wolves since Kevin Love in 2014, and the first pair of Wolves since Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell were honored in 2004, which (non-coincidentally) was the last time the Wolves made the post-season prior to this year.