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Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns.jpg
Towns arriving to the Staples Center for
the 2018 NBA All-Star Game
Full name Karl Anthony Towns Jr.
Born December 15, 1995 (1995-12-15) (age 25)
Piscataway, New Jersey
United States
Nationality Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lbs (113 kg)
Professional basketball career
No. 32 – Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Power Forward / Center
League Flag of the United States.png NBA
NBA Draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 2015-present (6 years)
High school/College basketball career
High school St. Joseph
(Metuchun, New Jersey)
College Kentucky (2014-2015)
Career history
2015-present Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus second-team All-American (2015)
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • First-team All-SEC (2015)
  • SEC All-Freshman Team (2015)
  • McDonald's All-American (2014)
  • Jordan Brand Classic (2014)
  • Nike Hoop Summit (2014)
  • Gatorade National Player of the Year (2014)
  • Gatorade Athlete of the Year (2014)
  • Parade All-American (2014)
NBA.com profile profile

Karl-Anthony Towns (born December 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American Power Forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He deciding to leave to enter the 2015 NBA Draft where he was drafted 1st overall pick by Minnesota Timberwolves.

NBA career

Minnesota Timberwolves (2015-present)

2015–16 season: Rookie of the Year

On June 25, 2015, Towns was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.[22] He signed his rookie scale contract with the Timberwolves on July 7,[23] and made his NBA debut in the Timberwolves' season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 28, recording 14 points and 12 rebounds as a starter in a 112–111 win.[24] In the following game on October 30 against the Denver Nuggets, his 28 points and 14 rebounds propelled the Timberwolves to their first 2–0 start with two wins on the road in team history.[25] Over his first 13 games of the season, Towns averaged 16.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Those numbers dropped, however, to 8.4 points and 6.0 rebounds over the next five games.[26] Despite this, on December 3, he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, becoming just the seventh Timberwolves player to win NBA Rookie of the Month honors.[27]

On December 5, Towns responded to his previous poor string of games with his best performance since October 30, recording 27 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[28] Two games later, on December 9, he recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 123–122 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[29] On January 20, 2016, he had a season-best game with 27 points and career highs of 17 rebounds and six blocks in a 106–94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[30] On January 29, he recorded 32 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Utah Jazz, becoming the youngest player to have 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Kevin Durant did so in 2008.[31] On February 2, he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January—his third consecutive rookie of the month honor.[32] On February 10, he scored a career-high 35 points in a 117–112 win over the Toronto Raptors.[33][34] Three days later, he won the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge over point guard Isaiah Thomas, becoming the tallest, heaviest, and youngest winner of the event.[35] On February 27, he had a 30-point, 15-rebound game in a 112–110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[36] He was subsequently named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February, joining teammate Andrew Wiggins (November, December 2014, January, February 2015) as the second player in Wolves history to earn NBA Rookie of the Month honors in four consecutive months.[37]

On March 25, Towns 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 734.[38] On April 7, he recorded his 50th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 105–97 win over the Sacramento Kings.[39] Four days later, in a loss to the Houston Rockets, Towns passed Christian Laettner for the franchise's rookie scoring record with 1,475 points.[40] Earlier that day, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 4 through Sunday, April 10.[41] In the Timberwolves' season finale on April 13, Towns recorded 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 144–109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[42] He played and started in all 82 games for the Timberwolves in 2015–16, averaging 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game; he subsequently earned unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year honors.[43] Towns earned Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors in each of the season's six months, becoming the first Timberwolves player to do so. In addition, he became just the fifth unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year, and with teammate Andrew Wiggins winning the award in 2014–15, Minnesota became the first team with back-to-back Rookie of the Year winners since the Buffalo Braves in 1972–73 (Bob McAdoo) and 1973–74 (Ernie DiGregorio), as well as the first team with back-to-back No. 1 draft picks earning Rookie of the Year honors.[44] He also earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.

2016-2017 season

On November 30, 2016, Towns recorded a career-high 47 points and 18 rebounds in a 106–104 loss to the New York Knicks. At 21 years old, Towns became the third-youngest player in the last three decades to have at least 45 points and 15 rebounds in a game. In addition, his 22 first-quarter points were two off of Chauncey Billups' franchise record of 24.[46] With two blocks against the Charlotte Hornets on December 3, Towns established a new Timberwolves record with his 27th straight game with at least one blocked shot.[47]On December 17, he had 41 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a 111–109 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets.[48] On December 28, he recorded his first career triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 105–103 loss to the Denver Nuggets.[49] On January 19, 2017, he recorded 37 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a 104–101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[50] Three days later, he had 32 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in a 111–108 win over the Denver Nuggets. He became just the second player in franchise history to have consecutive games with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists—Kevin Garnett did it five times.[51] On February 25, 2017, he had 37 points and 22 rebounds in a 142–130 loss to Houston.[52] On March 8, 2017, he had 29 points and 14 rebounds in a 107–91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Towns had his 100th career double-double in the win, becoming the second-youngest player in league history to reach that mark, behind only Dwight Howard.[53] Five days later, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12.[54] For the week, Towns averaged 29.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 37.7 minutes per game while shooting 63.3 percent (38-for-60) from the field. Minnesota went 2–1 on the week, highlighted by wins over the NBA's #1 seed (Golden State) and the West's #5 seed (L.A. Clippers).[55] On April 11, 2017, he had 26 points and 12 rebounds in a 100–98 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Towns surpassed Kevin Love during the game to set a franchise record for points in a season.[56] Towns made NBA history in 2016–17 by becoming the only player to have at least 2,000 points (2,061), 1,000 rebounds (1,007) and 100 3-pointers (101) in a season.[57]

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