Karl-Anthony Towns was picked first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in this year’s NBA Draft, and made his professional debut last night against the Los Angeles Lakers. In a nail-biting 112-111 win, Towns was everything that the Timberwolves hoped he would be when they drafted him out of Kentucky.
Towns played 32 minutes and scored 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting while also pulling down 12 rebounds.
Not at all bad for someone just a couple weeks shy of his 20th birthday.
But this game was more than just a solid debut for Towns. It was a learning experience for himself, Minnesota as a team, and basketball fans. This young man is going to be something special once he fully adjusts to the NBA, and five key takeaways from the game provide a glimpse into what to expect.