Report: Karl-Anthony Towns to receive NBA Rookie of the Year Award

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Moments ago, the Timberwolves PR announced a press conference for Monday at 11am, where they’d make a “major NBA announcement”.

You had to see this coming.

Karl-Anthony Towns had Rookie of the Year locked up at in the late winter when Kristaps Porzingis, his only true competition started falling off in February. He and Andrew Wiggins would be the first pair of teammates to win the award in consecutive years since Buffalo’s Bob McAdoo and Ernie DiGregorio between 1972-1974.

To put Towns’ season into perspective, take a look at the only NBA players (not rookies…all players) this season to average at least 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks.

Totals Shooting Per Game
Rk Player Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA 2P 2PA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 2P% 3P% eFG% FT% TS% PTS TRB BLK
1 Anthony Davis 2015-16 22 NOP NBA 61 61 2164 560 1136 525 1028 35 108 326 430 130 497 627 116 78 125 121 148 1481 .493 .511 .324 .508 .758 .559 24.3 10.3 2.0
2 Karl-Anthony Towns 2015-16 20 MIN NBA 82 82 2626 625 1152 595 1064 30 88 223 275 226 629 855 161 58 138 183 245 1503 .543 .559 .341 .556 .811 .590 18.3 10.4 1.7

For a more on-court look into Towns’ rookie season, there are already countless highlights to look back at with a great deal of pride. Here’s a few of my favorites.

Congrats to Karl-Anthony Towns on a fantastic rookie year.

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2 Responsesso far.

  1. UglyFunk says:

    KAT is amazing. Congratulations big fella! (I’m saying that in my best Trent Tucker voice). I cannot wait to see him develop next season with the rest of the core. Biggest competition for KAT in the soon-to-be future will be The Brow and those matchups will be must watch for the entire league.

  2. pyrrol says:

    It’s hard to contain KAT excitement when you look at the rookies in recent history with similar numbers. There will be a Brow rivalry, I suppose, but what those numbers show is that Towns is already arguably better than Davis, as a first year player (while this was Davis’ fourth season). Towns also has more of a center body, which will fill out some, yet can move with great quickness. Davis is more of a Garnett body type and his lightness may be contributing to his spotty health (not a problem for KG).

    I was really excited about Towns coming in. I can’t say I’m surprised by his success, but the degree to which he dominated his hard to not be shocked by. Scouts and talking heads vastly underestimated KAT’s offensive skill, but some basic youtube research suggested much more offensive polish and talent bottled up than you saw in Kentucky games. On the defensive end, Towns was as advertised. In moments he was better, but he has a long way to grow, too. But the feel and tools are there to be a force rim protecting and on D in general (unlike say Deing who doesn’t quite have ‘it’). Perhaps the biggest surprise to me was that KAT played his heart out and never hit a wall. He started the season looking like a talented pro, but he kept getting a little better all season and never hit a skid we associate with rookies (see Porzingis). With better system/coaching, KAT could go ally opp and pick and roll nuts with Rubio. In other words, KAT was this good under bad coaching and tough team circumstances. What will he look like with better coaching and a year under his belt?

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