Top pick Karl-Anthony Towns likes Wolves' new look, wants Garnett to be his mentor
Top pick overall Karl-Anthony Towns says the Timberwolves have the potential to become one of the best teams in the Western Conference. AP

NBA top overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns likes the potential of the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team which he says doesn’t lack in talent and has the potential to become one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

The 6-foot-11 Towns stressed the Wolves have a deep bench and only need to play together to be a force in the West.

“It’s amazing to think how much talent there is in this team,” Towns told foreign reporters from the Philippines, Brazil, China, and Australia during the Cisco Telepresence shortly after being made the No. 1 pick by the Timberwolves in the NBA Draft Friday morning (Manila time).

The 19-year-old Towns, the Southeast Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year, will team up with Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, reigning Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and veteran Kevin Garnett at Minnesota.

“We have to come together. We are a young squad. Once we come together, I think we will be a dynamic force in the West,” said Towns, who helped Kentucky post a 38-0 record before falling to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

Towns, who averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Wildcats in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, said he wants to be a team player with the Timberwolves.

“I just want to play a versatile game and allow Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine to really play as a slasher and make the game easier for everybody and help the team as much as possible,” he said.

Towns also looks forward to learning from Garnett, who won a championship during his stint with the Boston Celtics.

“You can learn a lot from him. You are talking to a legend. I’m a young player and being with a player with 20 years of experience, I’ll take him any day of the week to be a mentor,” said Towns.

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