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Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns and his girlfriend Jordyn Woods after Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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When the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Play-In Tournament, Karl-Anthony Towns looked to the crowd. In what was arguably the biggest moment in the 26-year-old basketball player’s career — other than three NBA All-Star nods, winning the 2022 NBA Three-Point Contest and capturing the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year award — Towns wanted to share the moment with the person who means the most to him.

His girlfriend Jordyn Woods.

The two embraced on the court while Patrick Beverly and Anthony Edwards led a celebration Minnesota sports fans have been craving for an eternity (anyone who says it was too much can eat rocks).

The win was not only special because it secured the Timberwolves’ first playoff appearance since 2018 — and only second since 2004. It was the two-year anniversary of KAT losing his mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, to COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic. For Towns, Woods has been crucial in helping him process the death and has become the most important woman in his life.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ Girlfriend Jordyn Woods

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Woods grew up in Los Angeles, California, where her father, John Woods, was a TV sound engineer. He worked on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” during his career, and through that, the Woods family became close with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Woods was able to help Woods with his mother’s death because she lost her father to cancer in 2017. She and Towns, the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, had been good friends for a while at that point, but the connection of losing a parent at a young age strengthened their relationship.

“You know it’s crazy because we were best friends,” the NBA star told PEOPLE in November 2021. “I feel, in a way, when my mom passed, she’s like, ‘I’m not going to leave you alone. I’m going to make sure you know who you are supposed to be with.'”

“You know she lost her father four years ago I believe,” he continued. “So I leaned on her because she’s one of those only people who actually knew how I was feeling and what I was going through.”

The two started seeing each other romantically in July 2020 and went Instagram official in September of that year. They’ve been going strong ever since, and post-workout pics together in the offseason.

The NBA star was previously in a relationship with Instagram model Kawahine Andrade.

While her boyfriend Karl-Anthony Towns has been progressing his career on the hardwood, Woods has been progressing hers. She’s done some modeling and launched her fashion line SECNDNTURE in 2018. She’s also had multiple collections with Boohoo and collaborated with Easilocks to launch a hair extension line.

Outside of fashion, the social media personality has dabbled in acting, where her filmography includes a guest spot on the ABC show “Grown-ish” and roles in the BET+ films “Sacrifice” and “Trigger”. She also competed on season three of “The Masked Singer” in 2020. All of her business ventures have certainly helped her build her reported net worth of $6 million.

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However, Woods is most well known for her connection to the Kardashian/Jenner family. She was longtime friends with Kylie Jenner and appeared in several episodes of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Life of Kylie.” Jenner and Woods also launched a makeup collection as a part of Kylie Cosmetics in 2018.

Even though Woods was a frequent featured player alongside Kylie, the two severed their relationship in 2019 when Woods was caught in the middle of a cheating scandal with NBA player Tristan Thompson, who was dating Khloe Kardashian at the time and is also the father of her daughter True.

With all that behind her, Woods and Towns have a special bond that will make her a regular at Target Center for years to come.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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