Karl Anthony Towns reflects on his rookie year, says Wolves can do 'special things'

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Karl-Anthony Towns Voted Rookie of the Year

If there is one thing Karl Anthony Towns is looking forward to most in the upcoming season, it's overcoming the many obstacles the Minnesota Timberwolves faced last year.

AOL Sports caught up with the NBA star at Gatorade's Player of the Year awards on Monday night and he revealed what the team has been working on this summer.

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"We have a great process going on right now, with a great coaching staff, great organization with the experience to help us get to that level that we want to be at," said Towns, who averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. "For us, we just have to continue to execute in all aspects and now it's up to us as players to use the experience we have to our advantage."

There's plenty of reasons to believe this group will become one of the most fun teams to watch and perhaps crash the Western Conference playoffs. For starters, just look at players such as Towns, Andrew Wiggins and fifth overall pick Kris Dunn, who has impressed in the Las Vegas Summer League.

The Timberwolves have been quietly making all the right moves (such as the hiring of Tom Thibodeau, drafting Dunn) and you have to figure the calculated moves will eventually lead them towards the path of success.

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Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns walks off stage after being picked first in the 2015 NBA draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves smiles during the 2015 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 8, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Mike Stobe/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 09: Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks defends against Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at Philips Arena on November 9, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball against the Orlando Magic on November 18, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shakes hands with Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the Detroit Pistons on November 20, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against the Orlando Magic during the game on December 1, 2015 at Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 9: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves is defended by Kobe Bryant #24, Roy Hibbert #17 and Larry Nance Jr. #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter of the game on December 9, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks and Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves talk during the game at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2015 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 107-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 18, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 23: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves is introduced before the game against the San Antonio Spurs during the game on December 23, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - JANUARY 4: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves grabs the rebound against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on January 4, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 13: Terrence Jones #6 of the Houston Rockets defends against Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during their game at the Toyota Center on January 13, 2016 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 20: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves blocks a shot by Deron Williams #8 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second half at American Airlines Center on January 20, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 2: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves boxes out Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, 2016 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 12: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the United States team competes for the ball with Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets and World team in the second half during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 12: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the U.S. Team dunks the ball during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as part of the 2016 NBA All Star Weekend on February 12, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves receives the Taco Bell Skills Challege award during the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of NBA All-Star 2016 on February 13, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 22: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves goes to the basket against the Boston Celtics on February 22, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 28: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket during the game against the Phoenix Suns on March 28, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 05: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors tries to dribble between Ricky Rubio #9 and Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at ORACLE Arena on April 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 7: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves walk off the court against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on April 7, 2015 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 9: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves grabs the rebound against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 9, 2016 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 13: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shares a hug with Sam Mitchell of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 13, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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"[We need] to understand and digest all the information that we learned last year and use that to our advantage," Towns said. "Understand how to overcome certain obstacles that we were together for, were able to experience and learn how we can overcome [them] to be better next time."

But what is the biggest lesson Towns learned from his rookie year?

"Our team is VERY talented and we could do a lot of special things," he said enthusiastically. He also added that playing for Minnesota is the perfect fit for him and his family and hopes to play with the Timberwolves for "many more years."

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