The 7-foot, 248-pound Metuchen, N.J. native is named after his father, Karl Towns, but his sister Lachelle tacked the name Anthony on as homage to the family's Latino heritage; Towns' mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, is from the Dominican Republic.
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Okafor's hands are gigantic
His 6-11, 272-pound frame, array of post moves and dazzling footwork for a man of his stature are impressive enough. But the former Duke big man's hand size might be his most gape-inducing attribute. Okafor reportedly can hold 13 tennis balls in one hand.
Towns played JV basketball -- in fifth grade
Karl Sr. was the head coach at Piscataway Technical High School when his son was a youngster, so Karl-Anthony would work out with the junior varsity squad after school. Karl-Anthony Towns was 6-foot-3 then and 6-8 by the time he first suited up for St. Joseph High School, where he won three consecutive state championships from 2012-14.
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When he was 9 years old, Okafor's mother died in front of him
Okafor spent the early part of his childhood bouncing between Oklahoma, where his mother Dacresha Benton lived, and Chicago. When he was just 9 years old, he watched his mother die from a collapsed lung after battling bronchitis for two weeks. Afterward, Okafor moved in with his father, Chukwudi Okafor, in Chicago.
Towns has played internationally for the Dominican Republic
Because of his mother's bloodlines, Towns was eligible to join the D.R.'s national team. Towns made the team at the age of 16, playing under his future coach, John Calipari, in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship and 2012 Olympic qualifying. Fellow NBAers Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva and Francisco Garcia also were on the team.
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Apple Valley product Tyus Jones is one of Okafor's best friends
The pair met in third grade -- they were 8 -- and, as high school freshmen, made a pact to attend college together. That made them a package deal when they attended Duke, and they went on to lead the Blue Devils to a national championship. If the Wolves drafted Okafor, they might be able to pair him with Jones once again by trading back into the first round.
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Towns can shoot 3s
He took just eight 3-point attempts during his one collegiate season at Kentucky, but Towns actually has a long-range stroke in his acumen. He led his high school team in 3s made and shot 46 percent from beyond the arc as a 15-year-old on the Dominican Republic Under-17 team. Towns is also a solid free throw shooter (82 percent in 2014-15).
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Okafor isn't doomed to remain a below-average defender
A lot of draft boards rank Okafor a spot below Towns because of his defensive ineptitude. At this point, the former isn't nearly the rim protector his Kentucky counterpart has proven to be. But that's more a matter of effort and consistency than it is physical limitations. Most scouts agree Okafor could be a serviceable two-way player if he chose to be.
Towns is foul-prone
Towns' ability to alter shots in the post is what sets him apart as a highly-likely No. 1 overall pick. But it also gets him into trouble at times. The biggest defensive knock on him is his propensity to pick up fouls; this past season, Towns averaged 5.7 fouls per 40 minutes and fouled out six times.
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Okafor once humiliated Enes Kanter
Okafor claimed last year he played one-on-one against current Thunder center Enes Kanter in 2013 and "dominated" him. The Jazz had drafted Kanter third overall in 2011 and dealt him to Oklahoma City at this year's trade deadline.