Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky. Towns was named to the Dominican Republic national basketball team Olympic squad as a 16-year-old, although the Dominican Republic ultimately did not qualify for the 2012 Olympics. He was selected with the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Towns was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. On July 7, 2015, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Timberwolves and joined the team for the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where in five games, he averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He made his debut for the Timberwolves in the team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 28, recording 14 points and 12 rebounds as a starter in a 112–111 win. The following game on October 30 against the Denver Nuggets, his 28 points and 14 rebounds propelled the Timberwolves to their first 2–0 start with two wins on the road in team history. Over his first 13 games of the season, Towns averaged 16.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Those numbers dropped, however, to 8.4 points and 6.0 rebounds over the next five games. Despite this, on December 3, he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, becoming just the seventh Timberwolves player to win NBA Rookie of the Month honors. On December 5, he responded to his previous poor string of games with his best performance since October 30, recording 27 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Two games later, on December 9, he recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 123–122 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Career highlights and awards
Consensus second-team All-American (2015)
SEC Freshman of the Year (2015)
First-team All-SEC (2015)
SEC All-Freshman Team (2015)
McDonald’s All-American (2014)
Jordan Brand Classic (2014)
2× Nike Hoop Summit (2013, 2014)
Gatorade National Player of the Year (2014)
Gatorade Athlete of the Year (2014)
Parade All-American (2014)