Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves center, has been voted as the Rookie of the Year for the 2015-16 season, according to several league sources.
Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’ draft, did justice to his selection by leading all rookies in the league with 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks from 32 minutes per game. Towns started all 82 games in his rookie season, a feat achieved by a handful of rookies in the past.
Karl-Anthony Towns: Best rookie since Tim Duncan
Towns posted the best rookie season by a big man since San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan. He was also named Western Conference rookie of the month during all six months of the regular season. The league is expected to make the official announcement on Monday.
Associated Press summed it up the best: “Towns turned 20 early in the season but showed the polish and poise of a veteran from the very early stages. His ability to pass, rebound, block shots and score from the paint and 3-point line make him the quintessential big man for the modern era and give the Timberwolves hope that they have finally found the star players needed to carry them out of the abyss.”
After leading Minnesota to 29-53 record, 13 more wins than the team won the previous season, Towns said that he was just getting started. “People who know me know I’m never satisfied. I’ve never felt like I’ve had a good game. It’s hard to get me to even say I played good. That’s just in me. I’m just never satisfied. A lot of my friends get annoyed by it. I’m never happy about anything, playing-wise. I always think there’s things I messed up on, things I should’ve done differently that could’ve A) made us win or B) made the win easier.”
In fact, Kevin Durant reckons that Towns is en route to a Hall of Fame career. “He’s going to be a Hall of Famer in this league,” Durant recently said about Towns.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, last year’s Rookie of the Year, along with an exciting supporting cast of Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad, will try to end Minnesota’s 12-season playoff drought next season. With new coach Tom Thibodeau at the helm, it’s likely that the Timberwolves make a lot of noise next year.