Karl-Anthony Towns, who set Minnesota Timberwolves rookie records in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage this season, has unanimously won the 2015-16 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the NBA officially announced Monday.
He received all 130 first-place votes (650 points), becoming just the fifth rookie to do so since 1984, joining Ralph Sampson (1983-84), David Robinson (1989-90), Blake Griffin (2010-11) and Damian Lillard (2012-13).
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis finished second with 363 points, and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was third with 59 points. Rounding out the top five was Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker (49) and Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor. (34)
Towns — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft after spending his lone college season with the Kentucky Wildcats — averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on 54.2% shooting, all top 10 numbers amongst the league’s centers. He also finished the season with 51 double-doubles, trailing only Andre Drummond and Russell Westbrook.
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