Karl-Anthony Towns: 2016 Rookie Of The Year

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Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

Karl was the 1st overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Let's look his journey before he entered the NBA and his 1st NBA season.

Towns just averaged about 10 points and 7 rebounds during his 1st year in Kentucky and many still projected him as the 1st overall pick despite having a very impressive Jahlil Okafor.

Towns and Okafor had really good show off during NBA Draft Combine, held in Chicago. After that good show off by Towns and Okafor, Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Karl-Anthony Towns as the 1st pick of the NBA Draft.

Many project Towns as the next Kwame Brown because we didn't saw much of his performance during in his year in Kentucky.

2016 Rookie Of The Year

Despite the Wolves only won 29 games this season, Towns really had a very impressive season and many analysts projected him to be a part of an All-NBA team this year.

In his first NBA game, Towns had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Towns started his season with an average of 16 points and 12 rebounds

Towns before the Draft wasn't really known for his post game. The Timberwolves' big man ranks 17th in the league in possessions ending in post-ups and shoots the same percentage as the third overall pick while turning the ball over less in that setting.

Towns Defensive ability was also very impressive in his rookie year. Before the season started, Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings was projected as the best defensive center in the Draft class. But after the regular season, many were impressed with Towns defensive ability as he averaged about 1.7 blocks per game.

This good show by Towns continued until the end of the season as he won All-Rookie of the Month Awards.

On March 25, he grabbed 10 rebounds against the Washington Wizards, setting a Minnesota rookie rebounding record, pushing his season total to 741 and passing Kevin Love's record of 861.

Towns also set a record in the All-Star weekend as the heaviest, tallest and youngest player to win the Skills Challenge.

Karl-Anthony Towns had an outstanding rookie season.

Towns played in all 82 games of the Timberwolves season and he averaged 18.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game with a PER of 22.5.

Towns was very lucky to have Kevin Garnett and late Flip Saunders as his mentors in his rookie year. Garnett was also known as one of the most dominant players in the league during his time. With his advice to Towns, he can have the skill that Garnett had during his prime years

Garnett had something to say about this Wolves team:

"This is on-the-job training. This group we have here is a very, very energetic group. Some of them have high IQs but it's basketball. We have literal players, where you teach them something and they literally do it. Basketball is more reflex and responding to and reacting, and we're trying to teach that here. But what you want is a good group of guys who give you effort every night. Love to win, love to play, love the game."

It'll be interesting to see how the Wolves will work in their future. Towns will be just turning 21 years old in November and both Lavine and Wiggins will be turning 22 later in the season.

With coach Thibs on their roster, this will be a good thing for Minnesota Timberwolves and their fans can expect a bright future.

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