Karl-Anthony Towns has officially been named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year for the 2015/16 season in a unanimous vote, the Timberwolves announced today (via Twitter). A 20-year-old out of Kentucky, Towns was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month each month this season.
Towns was the top pick in the 2015 draft and immediately moved into Minnesota’s starting lineup. He started all 82 games and averaged a double-double with 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per night.
Towns quickly won the respect of Wolves veteran Kevin Garnett, who praised the rookie center for his IQ and understanding of the game. Sometimes [it’s] a little difficult teaching him because he is so smart,” Garnett said. “I guess that’s a young thing. But he gets a lot of things you teach him very quickly.’’
Towns’ Rookie of the Year nod represents the second consecutive time a player from the Timberwolves organization has earned the honor. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins was named Rookie of the Year in 2015.
ESPN’s Marc Stein (Twitter links) first reported on Sunday that the Wolves were expected to announce that Towns had been named Rookie of the Year at a news conference Monday, adding that it wouldn’t be surprising if the final vote was unanimous.
Here is this year’s full list of vote-getters for the award, along with their point totals:
- Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves): 650
- Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks): 363
- Nikola Jokic (Nuggets): 59
- Devin Booker (Suns): 49
- Jahlil Okafor (76ers): 34
- Justise Winslow (Heat): 7
- Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets): 4
- Myles Turner (Pacers): 3
- D’Angelo Russell (Lakers): 1
Luke Adams contributed to this post.