Basketball fans were suprised after Karl-Anthony Towns scored 60 points against the San Antonio Spurs. It even prompted Magic Johnson to claim that KAT should be in the MVP conversation after his performance. Here’s how the internet reacted to his ridiculous take.
Magic Johnson’s tweet
Towns went nuclear against the Spurs, scoring 60 points and breaking several records along the way. He set a single-game franchise record and set an NBA-season high in points -- Kyrie Irving matched the very next night. KAT has proven he could score in the past, but it’s still a surprising performance coming from a center.
Magic Johnson was ecstatic, to say the least, and tweeted KAT should be in the MVP conversations after his offensive onslaught.
It may have been a result of Johnson’s adrenaline rush, but the fans are not exactly welcoming to the idea. Here’s how some of them reacted.
Here’s why KAT is far from being an MVP contender
As a former MVP winner himself, Magic should have known better. Scoring is not the main reason a player should be considered a candidate for the end-of-season awards.
To be considered in the MVP conversation, a player needs to be consistent and positively impact his team. This means consistent production across the board, and his team should be pushing for the playoffs. The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently 7th in the Western Conference, which means they would be in the better part of the play-in tournament. If Towns continues with his level of play, there's a chance he could be in the MVP conversation, but it's still too early to tell. More importantly, you need to consider how his competitors are doing.
Scoring 60 points is impressive, but it’s not a golden ticket to the MVP conversation. We have Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid at the top and then there’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum and DeMar DeRozan. LeBron James is still doing damage at 37 years old, but the L.A. Lakers’ woeful performances would hurt his chances of taking home the MVP award.
The Timberwolves need to win a lot more, and Karl needs to deliver the goods before he can crack the MVP discussion. Magic has a brilliant basketball mind, but he’s wrong on this one.