When you’re a player coming out of the University of Kentucky, expectations are high.
When you’re a player coming out of the University of Kentucky AND you’re the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, expectations are even higher.
That’s what life was like for Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns. He didn’t blink an eye at the soaring bar that was being set for him, he rose to the challenge.
Expectations Were High For The 2015 No. 1 Overall Pick
Last season, Towns didn’t come into the league like a lamb, he roared in like a lion.
Towns immediately took on the role of heir to the leadership throne on a T-Wolves team that had 22-year vet Kevin Garnett. Towns adjusted to the NBA brilliantly, putting up more than admirable numbers his rookie season.
Towns Is Redefining The Term “Big Man” With His Skill Set
Towns started all 82 games at center for Minnesota, shooting 54-percent from the floor for 18.3 ppg, averaged 10.5 rebounds per game, 1.7 blocks per game, and shot 34.1-percent from behind the arc.
Although Towns showed expected rookie inconsistency at times, his skillset was changing what was in the minds of basketball pundits when they thought of an NBA big man.
Towns Was The Unanimous Rookie Of The Year In 2016
At the 2016 All-Star Weekend, the 7-footer won the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge over point guard Isaiah Thomas, becoming the tallest, heaviest, and youngest winner of the event in the 14 years since its inception.
Towns, who was named to the league’s All-Rookie First Team also took home the award for Rookie of the Year.
But the question on everyone’s mind was, “Will he have a sophomore slump?”