Towns earns February Western Conference Rookie of Month honors

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates winning the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of 2016 NBA All-Star Weekendat the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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The NBA on Thursday named Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February, his fourth straight honor.

Towns led all qualified rookies in scoring (21.1 ppg), rebounding (11.8 rpg) and minutes played (34.5 mpg), and ranked third in field goal accuracy (53.7%) and blocked shots (1.64 bpg) in February. The 7-foot forward/center also contributed nine point/rebound double-doubles during the month, tops among all rookies and second league-wide. 

The first overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, Towns recorded a game-high 26 points, a season-high 17 rebounds and three blocks in the Feb. 6 win over Chicago, then tallied a season-high 35 points alongside 11 rebounds and three blocks as Minnesota overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Toronto on Feb. 10. He became the first Timberwolves player to win the Skills Challenge on Feb. 13 as part of All-Star Weekend in Toronto and played in the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 12. 

Towns joins Andrew Wiggins as the second player in Timberwolves history to earn Kia NBA Rookie of the Month honors in four consecutive months. The Timberwolves are the first team to have two players win conference Rookie of the Month awards at least four times in consecutive seasons.