It was announced today that Karl-Anthony Towns, who just compiled the best statistical rookie season since Tim Duncan, was awarded the Kia Rookie of the Year award by a unanimous vote.
No surprise there.
In the Minnesota Timberwolves short existence prior to the 2014-2015 season, they had never had a ROY winner. Now, after Andrew Wiggins took the award in 2015 and KAT again this year, they have two in a row. They are the first team to do that since the Buffalo Braves in ’73 and ’74, when Bob McAdoo (later an MVP) and Ernie DiGregorio each won top rookie honors.
With two of the NBA’s top young players, plus a whole heap of other interesting talent, it is not ridiculous to think this team could be the next San Antonio Spurs.
A small market team with likable stars and a great coach. Hey, that sounds familiar.
Right now, the top priority for the Timberpups should be finding a real, NBA point guard. Sorry Rubio, but a few flashy assist highlights are not going to get it done. He is a historically awful shooter, a deal breaker in regards to Andrew Wiggins’ mediocre numbers from deep. If you want to be successful in today’s NBA, you cannot have two brick layers from deep in your backcourt…
Hey Tom Thibodeau, the Hawks don’t seem to like Jeff Teague all that much. How about switching your top 10 pick in this year’s draft for him?
Just a suggestion. How about an opening night lineup of Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Gorgui Dieng? How many games does that team win? 45? 50?
Teague or no Teague, the Timberwolves likely understand what has to be done this offseason. With an elite hard ass in Tom Thibodeau, and player-coach Kevin Garnett, there is no ceiling for this team if it sticks together.
And Garnett, who once upon a time was part of a duo in Minnesota that was supposed to rule the league, is not going to let these young Wolves separate from the pack.
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