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Would Karl-Anthony Towns Tank to go to the Lakers?


On SVP and Russilo today they brought up an interesting topic asking would Karl-Anthony Towns tank during the pre-draft workouts to ‘fall’ to No. 2 and the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, they aren’t saying Towns has the personality for this, but rather used him as an example due to the mindset that he’s the unanimous No. 1 pick this year.

The simple answer is this makes a ton of sense as a player. If teams have the right to tank to try and get the most ping-pong balls why can’t players tank to fall a spot or two to go to a better destination? The thought process on SVP and Russilo was if you want the lights of L.A., the ability to play with Kobe for at least a year or just want to be more marketable would you pass on going to Minnesota?

Now, in this specific case, there’s not a chance Towns would do that. His personality allows him to be marketable from anywhere in the country as well as being too competitive to let himself not play well.

What do you guys think though? Should a player be frowned upon to tank to fall to the team of his choosing?

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

3 Comments for Would Karl-Anthony Towns Tank to go to the Lakers?

  1. JLP
    6:36 pm June 1, 2015 Permalink

    No. Don’t rob a bank or beat your girlfriend to drop, but what’s wrong with showing a bit of indifference or lack of enthusiasm? You would lose a bit of $$$ but probably easily make it up in endorsements. Imagine Wiggins in NYC or LA or Chicago…

  2. Great American
    7:24 am June 2, 2015 Permalink

    Hell no. If the teams get to bench their stars for 20 games at the end of the season to get a higher draft pick, then the players should get to choose not to go to suck places like Minnesota. Karl is awesome and would never do it but i would much rather see a Randle-Towns front court than a Wiggins-Towns front court.

  3. RBT
    9:27 am June 2, 2015 Permalink

    Let’s be honest, the TWolves have the better core right now. Also, spending 10 years in Minnesota worked out pretty well for Kevin Garnett.