Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will be named the 2015-16 NBA Rookie Of The Year today reports the Associated Press.
Towns, a rookie out of the University of Kentucky [aka Drake‘s favorite college basketball team], wins the award after helping the Timberwolves win 13 more games than they did last season.
Per AP [via Slam]:
From the night of the NBA draft all the way to the end of his first season, Towns stood head and shoulders above the rest of his rookie class.
Towns turned 20 early in the season, but showed the polish and poise of a veteran from the very early stages of his arrival. 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.
Towns is the second straight Timberwolves player to win the Rookie of the Year award after teammate Andrew Wiggins had a similarly convincing debut. Add to those two young stars a promising supporting cast including Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad that will be coached next season by Tom Thibodeau, and the Wolves believe they have the ingredients to finally end a 12-season playoff drought.
Towns was the #1 pick of the 2015 draft and proved why night in and night out. His stats as a rookie were the best by big man since veteran [and presumably near retiring] power forward Tim Duncan came in the league in 1997.
Other notable rookies this season were New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porziņģis and Los Angeles Lakers point guard/snitch D’Angelo Russell.