Should ROY Candidate Karl-Anthony Towns Be an NBA All-Star Too?

December 9th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

In dominating Rookie of the Year discussions, Minnesota Timberwolves newbie Karl-Anthony Towns has simultaneously, if unofficially, inserted himself into the NBA's pool of potential All-Stars.

This is not a premise to be taken lightly. Rookies seldom earn All-Star nods this side of the draft lottery. Only three freshmen—Tim Duncan (1998), Blake Griffin (2011) and Yao Ming (2003)—have been invited to the famed February shindig over the last two decades.

But Towns has been good enough for long enough to entertain the possibility that he, like a select few superstars in training before him, could become the latest exception.


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Should his numbers hold steady, as they have all season, Towns will be just the fifth rookie to average at least 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes. His company? Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson and eventual Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.

All four of Towns' binary brethren secured All-Star selections as rookies—though only two, O'Neal (1993) and Robinson (1990) ...

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