May 16, 2016, 7:24 am
Karl-Anthony Towns was named Rookie of the Year in a unanimous decision today. It’s a well-deserved honor for KAT as he stepped right into the mix as one of the league’s best big men at only 20 years old.
He nearly averaged 20 and 10 as a rookie, settling for 18.3 PPG and 10.5 RPG while sprinkling in 1.7 swats per night on solid shooting from nearly every spot on the court. If Towns can improve his already passable three point accuracy (34.1%), he’ll emerge as one of the NBA’s newest unstoppable forces. Minnesota’s future looks bright thanks to Big KAT, last year’s ROY Andrew Wiggins and a collection of other young talent.
Minnesota is the first team since the 1972-73 and 1973-74 Buffalo Braves to have back-to-back Rookies of the Year.
The decision is surprising only in that it was unanimous, as a unanimous vote for anything is hard to achieve and a unanimous ROY had only been named four times prior to KAT’s selection, but Towns’ season was simply too impressive for any of the award’s 130 voters to deny.
Kristaps Porzingis was the runner up while Denver’s Nikola Jokic placed third, followed by Phoenix sharpshooter Devin Booker and Jahlil Okafor of Philadelphia.
Justise Winslow, Emmanuel Mudiay, Myles Turner and D’Angelo Russell were the only other players to receive votes.