Towns stands to be one of the best rookies this season.
The annual NBA GM survey came out Tuesday, and that meant lots of reaction to front-office speculation. One of the categories on the survey asked who will be the best player from the 2015 rookie class in five years. Timberwolves fans are likely to appreciate the answer:
1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota — 62.1 percent
2. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver — 10.3 percent
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2. Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia — 10.3 percent
2. DeAngelo Russell, L.A. Lakers — 10.3 percent
Wow. Overwhelming, especially considering only four players actually received votes.
The Timberwolves selected Towns first overall back in June after the big man almost helped Kentucky to an undefeated season during his sole year on campus. Now, he has a chance to learn from veterans like Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller and Tayshaun Prince as he develops alongside fellow young players like Andrew Wiggins, Zack LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad and Nemanja Bjelica.
Towns also finished second in the Rookie of the year prediction, receiving 34.5 percent of the vote, just barely behind Okafor's 44.8 percent.