Former Lakers Champion Compares Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards To Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant

Published 03/20/2021, 12:03 PM EDT
Lakers Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal sit on the bench with foul trouble against the Timberwolves in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center Monday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns look like one of the brightest duos in the future. Along with former all-star D’Angelo Russell, the Minnesota Timberwolves look like a high-potential team. However, with Russell being hurt, everyone is getting a chance to see Edwards and KAT develop chemistry on the court.

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While Minnesota has a terrible record and will definitely be in the lottery this year, the fans have something to cheer about with Edwards and Towns developing chemistry. Seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry, who won three titles between 00-02 with the Lakers believes that the young duo are a miniature Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.

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“If you look at this duo, it is a miniature Shaq and Kobe. When you play with a guard and a big on the team, you make each other better. So Edwards learns how to play the game and become a better ball-handler and an outside shooter. And KAT can understand he is bigger than most guys and take them down to the post. When that is not working, step on outside and shoot a three.”

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Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns living up to the hype?

While a comparison with probably the greatest guard-center tandem of all-time isn’t the fairest comparison, there is a lot of legitimate excitement around Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. KAT has already shown that he is an all-star caliber player and will be the piece the Wolves build around.

Mar 19, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Abdel Nader (11) battles Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) for a rebound during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

However, Edwards is proving why he was the top pick in the draft. While his game is still very raw and needs to be polished, he is showing superstar potential in some of the games he has played recently. Dropping 40 points as a rookie is not easy. However, he needs to contend with fixing his efficiency from the field.

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But the Wolves are still bad for a reason. The chemistry is building but has a long way to go. Neither of them can defend like either Shaq or Kobe, so they still have a long journey ahead of them. However, if they continue to develop like they are, they could pose a problem for the NBA.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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