Karl-Anthony Towns becomes first Kentucky player to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was expected to have a big career after being selected first overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. He is already proving that after winning NBA Rookie of the Year in dominant and unanimous fashion.

Towns is the fifth unanimous winner of the award since 1984 and the first since Damian Lillard in 2013. He certainly deserved the award after setting multiple franchise rookie records for the Timberwolves. Those records were for scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. He finished the season averaging 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.68 blocks.

Towns also became the first Kentucky Wildcats player in history to win the award.

The first @KentuckyMBB player ever to be named NBA Rookie of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns! #SECinNBA pic.twitter.com/T9bVgLFRI2

— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 16, 2016

Towns won the award over runner-up New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis and Philadelphia 76ers forward Jahlil Okafor.

While the Timberwolves aren’t one of the top teams in the NBA, they have a roster full of youth and potential. With names like Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Tyus Jones, and Zach LaVine, they could become one of the mainstays in the postseason of the Eastern Conference sooner rather than later.

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