Talk about making an impact right away.
After his rookie season, with just one season in the league under his belt, the former first overall pick from the 2015 NBA Draft has made quite the impression on the league. In a survey of all 30 general managers before the 2016-17 season, when asked if they could have ONE player to start a franchise with, nearly half said that they would start with Towns—not LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, or Russell Westbrook—but with the former Kentucky Wildcats star.
The reason? Towns is is built like a basketball player you’d create in a lab—his 7’0", 244-pound frame gives him the athleticism of a guard in the body of a center, giving him the ability to block shots, drive to the hoop, shoot from the outside, and lock down players on interior defense. Towns averaged 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in his rookie year—the best season for a first-year big since future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan—before going on to win the rookie of the year award in a unanimous vote.
"He's going to be a Hall of Famer in this league," former Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant said about Towns.
He’s surely on his way.