Karl-Anthony Towns expected to win Rookie of the Year on Monday
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Karl-Anthony Towns expected to win Rookie of the Year on Monday

In what has been expected for a long time, Karl-Anthony Towns will be given the Rookie of the Year award.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have scheduled a press conference for Monday morning in regard to a “major NBA announcement.”

It was never a question whether or not Towns would win the award. From the beginning of the season until the very end, the 6-foot-11 center illustrated that he was by far the NBA’s best rookie. The 20-year-old averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in his first year in the league.

The real question is, will Towns be a unanimous winner? Only four other players in NBA history have won the award unanimously: Ralph Sampson in 1984, David Robinson in 1990, Blake Griffin in 2011 and Damian Lillard in 2013. Furthermore, according to Stein, it will be the first-ever occurrence of an MVP and ROY winning unanimously in the same season:

Towns will be the Timberwolves’ second consecutive award winner for Rookie of the Year honors. Teammate Andrew Wiggins won the award in 2014-15.

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