Here's another sign that the Timberwolves are traveling down the road to respectability: They've put two players in the All-Star Game for the first time since they last made the playoffs 14 years ago.
Both Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were chosen by Western Conference coaches as two of seven reserves to play in next month's game in Los Angeles.
The West coaches also chose Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland’s Damian Lillard as well as Butler and Towns.
The official unveiling of 14 reserves from both conferences came just now on TNT before its Tuesday night doubleheader.
This will be the fourth time Butler has been named to play in the All-Star game; he played in Chicago the first three times. This will be Towns' first time.
The only other times the Wolves have had two players in the same All-Star Game: Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell made it together in 2004, when the Wolves reached the Western Conference playoffs, and Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak made it in 2002.
The game format has changed this year: LeBron James and Stephen Curry will captain the two teams because they were the leading vote getters in fan, media and player balloting. James will pick first and the two star will draft teams, selecting first from among the game's starters named last week and then from the reserves.
Among players who didn't make it: Houston's Chris Paul, OKC's Paul George and the Clippers' Lou Williams.