All Hail the Based KAT of Kentucky!
The insanely talented rookie center has officially been named rookie of the month for April, which marks the sixth consecutive month he's won the hardware. That makes it an official clean sweep of ROTM awards for Towns, who is one of the finest first year players in NBA history.
The number overall pick has been the best thing to happen to the Timberwolves since the organization picked his mentor, Kevin Garnett, with the fifth pick in the 1995 NBA draft out of Farragut Academy (Chicago, Illinois). Towns is the first player to sweep rookie of the month awards since Damian Lillard in 2012-13 and becomes only the eighth rookie since 1981-82 to win six consecutive Rookie of the Month honors.
His rookie season was like a dream come true for Wolves fans that have lived through a decade plus of primarily failed draft picks. We don't have to relive the dark days today though, there's too much positive momentum for that right now.
Below is the official press release from the Timberwolves:
Minneapolis/St. Paul - The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April. This is the sixth consecutive month Towns has won the award, making him the eighth player since the award's inception in the 1981-82 season to win six consecutive Rookie of the Month honors: Damian Lillard in 2012-13, Blake Griffin in 2010-11, Chris Paul in 2005-06, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James in 2003-04, Tim Duncan in 1997-98 and David Robinson in 1989-90.
Towns led all qualified rookies in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (11.7 rpg), blocked shots (1.71 bpg) and minutes played (35.6 mpg), while ranking fifth in field goal percentage (49.1%) and assists (3.6 apg) in April. The 7-0 forward/center also recorded five point/rebound double-doubles in seven April games.
The first overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, Towns helped lead the Wolves to a 4-3 record in April, including hitting the game-winning shot with :01.8 remaining to give Minnesota a 106-105 win at Portland. The victory capped a 3-0 West Coast road trip, the team's most successful road trip since going 4-0 in December 2005. Towns recorded 11 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists April 3 vs. Dallas, becoming the NBA's first rookie since Elgin Baylor in 1959 to collect at least 21 rebounds and nine assists in a game. The 21 boards tied Gorgui Dieng's club rookie record and his 18 defensive rebounds were a new team rookie high. Towns posted game-highs with 28 points and 14 rebounds in a season finale win over New Orleans.
Towns finished the season ranked eighth in the league in rebounding (10.5 rpg), eighth in field goal percentage (54.2%), 10th in blocks (1.68 bpg), 26th in scoring (18.3 ppg) and third in double-doubles (51).
On behalf of Canis Hoopus, congratulations to Karl-Anthony for his amazing achievements this season. We've only just begun.