MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have two All-NBA players in the same season for the first time in 14 years.
Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were both named to the All-NBA third team. Towns (99 points) kept Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who received 51 points, from making the team. The league's all-star teams were announced Thursday.
Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell received two points. His Rookie of the Year rival Ben Simmons received 36.
Former Weber State star Damian Lillard made the first team for the first time in his career after averaging 26.9 points, 6.6 assists and 1.1 steals this year for the Portland Trail Blazers.Comment on this story
The last Timberwolves pair on the list was Kevin Garnett (first team) and Sam Cassell (second team) in 2004. That was also the last time the team made the playoffs before returning last month to end the NBA's longest active absence.
Butler was an All-NBA third team selection in 2017 with Chicago. He shot a career-high 47.4 percent from the field and finished 15th in the league with an average of 22.2 points per game.
This was the first such honor for Towns. He led the NBA with 68 double-doubles this season.