Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, drives against Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic, of Montenegro, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS – Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns today was named a Western Conference All-Star by the National Basketball Association.

Towns was named to the team as a reserve via balloting by NBA head coaches for the second straight year. Over the years, seven Wolves players have earned NBA All-Star honors: Tom Gugliotta, Kevin Garnett, Wally Szczerbiak, Sam Cassell, Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler and Towns.

Towns will be playing in his second NBA All-Star Game. In 51 games this year, Towns has recorded averages of 22.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, a career-high 3.1 assists and a career-high 1.86 blocks per contest while shooting 49.8% from the floor, including 37.6% from long range and 84.9% from the free throw line.

Towns currently ranks 16th in scoring, 9th in rebounding and 9th in blocks.

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