By Sayo Jolayemi
Former rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins lately has taken the backseat to sophomore player Karl-Anthony Towns. Going up against another rebuilding team, The Los Angeles Lakers, many future Allstars had the opportunity to showcase their dominance. And with 47 points on 14 of 21 shooting Andrew Wiggins did just that. The budding talent changed the dynamic of the game scoring a career high, and, leading the Timberwolves to the 125-99 victory over the Lakers.
Entering the season, the Lakers were believed to be a step behind the Wolves in the process, but they won six of their first ten games while Minnesota got off to a disappointing 2-6 start. Both teams played on Saturday night, but the Wolves were finishing a rare home back-to-back, and appeared to have the fresher legs all night. The Timberwolves scored 21 points off of 17 Lakers turnovers. The Timberwolves started the game strong scoring 36 in the first quarter, and never looked backed leading the entire way. Wiggins lead the game in points with Towns and Nemanja Belgia combining for 44 in a valiant sidekick performance.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are now 3-6, and though they are unlikely to advance beyond the regular season, they will remain a fun team to watch develop in the upcoming years. With leaders in Towns and Wiggins and future key role players Kris Dunn and Zach Lavine, this young team has a bright future and can easily position themselves for a run at the championship trophy. The Lakers will still be around to challenge them however so nothing is guaranteed.