Former Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns has now completed a feat only four other NBA players have accomplished.
Towns unanimously won the 2015-16 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award Monday, making him just the fifth player in league history to receive every first-place vote. Ralph Sampson (1984), David Robinson (1990), Blake Griffin (2011) and Damian Lillard (2013) are the other four players to receive a unanimous victory.
After being taken as the No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA Draft, Towns averaged 18.3 points (first among rookies), 10.5 rebounds, two assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game. The Timberwolves missed the playoffs, but improved their record by 13 games from the previous season.
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Towns was one of the leading forces that propelled the Wildcats to a 38-0 start in 2014, his only season with the team. Kentucky’s bid to become just the ninth NCAA team in the tournament era to complete a perfect season ended with a loss to eventual runner-up Wisconsin in the Final Four.
The individual performance by Towns on both ends of the floor helped make him the No. 1 pick in the draft, and he lived up to the hype in his first NBA season.
The scary thing for NBA opponents? He will only get better.