LOS ANGELES — Karl-Anthony Towns does all the dirty work in the paint for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he’s a pretty crafty guy.
Dressed to the nines for the 15th annual Gatorade Player of the Year Awards, the 7-foot center showed off his wardrobe, equipped with a custom suit, all the way down to the material and measurements.
Towns wasn’t dressed nearly as gaudy as Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard who makes as many headlines for his pregame outfits as he does for the countless triple-doubles he racks up on a nightly basis.
Scratch Westbrook from the list; he’s the unanimous No. 1 in the fashion-NBA intertwining.
So who did Towns think was the next-best dresser in the league?
“I think Jimmy Butler — even on my team — is going to challenge me this year for some stuff,” he told FanRag Sports. “I think that a lot [of players in the NBA] do a great job with their style — I think LeBron James, Carmelo [Anthony], Jimmy — I think there are (sic) a lot of players who do a good job of implementing their own feel.”
Butler and Towns will have the luxury of exchanging fashion ideas from now on. The Chicago Bulls dealt the former to the Timberwolves on draft night to pair the small forward with some nice, young talent.
Stylish? You bet.
“I kind of just do my own thing and be creative,” Towns said. “I like making things. I’m kind of like a hands-on guy. I like making it with my own hands rather than having the idea from someone else’s closet.”