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NBA --- Karl Anthony-Towns leads ROY race


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MINNEAPOLIS --- As the 2015-16 NBA season wends through its final two days of play, it is becoming increasingly clear that Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves will capture the prestigious Rookie of the Year award.

​The 7-foot, 244-pound was the No.1 overall pick of last June's draft. A product of the University of Kentucky, the 20-year old center is averaging 18.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks through 81 games this season.

​Among the other Rookie of the Year candidates include 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks, ​6-foot-11 pivot Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and wingman Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat.

​But Towns, who is also known as Big Kat, has separated himself from the field by being named as Western Conference player of the month from November to February, a feat surpassing teammate Andrew Wiggins, last year's Rookie of the Year winner.

​Porzingis, a Latvian native, was a shoo-in for the award early in the season but his numbers have dipped following a head coaching change in New York where Derek Fisher was replaced by Kurt Rambis.​

​While at Kentucky, Towns studied Kinesiology and is currently taking online classes with hopes of becoming a doctor after his NBA career is said and done. Towns' dad is a former player who currently coaches the Piscataway Technical High School in New Jersey. Towns' mother is Jacqueline Cruz, a native of the Dominican Republic.

​Winning accolades is nothing new to Towns. While in college, he won SEC Freshman of the Year honors. While in high school in 2014, he was named a McDonalds All-American.

​Towns is signed to a multi-year contract that pays him $5.7 million this season. Porzingis, meanwhile, is being paid $4.1 million this season by the Knicks.


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