Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves was unanimously voted the NBA Rookie of the Year, the league announced Monday. He becomes just the fifth unanimous winner of the award since 1984.
Towns justified his selection as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by dominating his fellow rookie class members all year long, to the point where his winning this award has been a foregone conclusion since essentially the middle of the season. He joins teammate Andrew Wiggins, last year's Rookie of the Year winner, to give Minnesota back-to-back winners of the award.
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The 20-year-old center finished with averages of 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in 32 minutes per contest, numbers which topped all rookies in each statistical category. No first-year player was as consistent as Towns was, which made it a ridiculous notion to cast even one single first-place vote for anyone else.
Towns was also the first player to win every Rookie of the Month honor since Damian Lillard did it in the 2012-13 season. Other players to accomplish the feat include Blake Griffin (2010-11), Chris Paul (2005-06), Carmelo Anthony (2003-04), LeBron James (2003-04), Tim Duncan (1997-98) and David Robinson (1989-90).
Kristpas Porzingis of the New York Knicks finished second in ROY voting, while Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic finished third.