Timberwolves Make Karl-Anthony Towns Top NBA Draft Pick

Timberwolves Make Karl-Anthony Towns Top NBA Draft Pick

timberwolves make karl anthony towns nba draft pick 2015 imagesAt long last, the Minnesota Timberwolves told Kentucky Wildcats superstar Karl-Anthony Towns what the basketball world has known since earlier in the college season—he will be the 1st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Well, maybe it wasn’t obvious to everyone because Jahlil Okafor from Duke made a very compelling case for himself; but the Timberwolves and their fan base have fallen hard for the big man since they found out they would be making the No. 1 pick. What’s not to love? Towns can pass, shoot, post up, drive, and dribble all at 6’11. In other words, he’s the perfect replacement for the lost Kevin Love.

Towns has a long road ahead of him in the NBA now. The Wolves finished a dismal 16-66, earning them the right to select Towns. Now Towns will be expected to return the favor by actually making this team a competitor.

Sure, even Love couldn’t lead the Timberwolves to the playoffs, but Towns will have a lot more help. Aside from head coach Flip Saunders, Towns will have the benefit of playing with the last two 1st overall picks, Andrew Wiggins (2014) and Anthony Bennett (2013). That’s right—thanks to the Kevin Love trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Timberwolves will have the last three 1st overall draft picks on their roster come Thursday.

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with being No. 1. Towns will be joining the ranks of Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Anthony Davis, and so on. But, let’s not forget (although easily forgettable), Kwame Brown and Andrea Bargnani were also 1st overall picks.

Only time will tell which group Karl-Anthony Towns will fall in, and until he shows otherwise, Minnesota got a helluva player and man. Towns has been known to show up uninvited at Children’s Hospitals, volunteer to assist children with autism, and actually gave the socks off his feet to a child in the Bahamas during Kentucky’s tour there last summer.

At least if the basketball thing doesn’t work out he’ll always have social work to fall back on.

Click to add a comment

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

espn hit piece doesn't sway stephen curry from draymond green 2016 images

ESPN hit piece doesn’t sway Stephen Curry from Draymond Green

Chris MauriceOctober 24, 2016
dwyane wade praises NBA super teams 2016 images

Dwyane Wade praises NBA Super Teams

Chris MauriceOctober 16, 2016
NBA Preseason protests show unity of hate for Kevin Durant 2016 images

NBA Preseason protests show unity of hate for Kevin Durant

Chris MauriceOctober 3, 2016
chris bosh career with miami heat over 2016 images

Chris Bosh career with Miami Heat over

Chris MauriceSeptember 27, 2016
nba keeping groins safe with draymond green rule this season 2016 images

NBA keeping groins safe with ‘Draymond Green Rule’ this season

Chris MauriceSeptember 23, 2016
Derrick Rose's Limited Vocabulary a Red Herring 2016 images

Derrick Rose’s Limited Vocabulary a Red Herring?

Shane LambertSeptember 18, 2016
Shaquille O’Neal claims only 30 percent used of real game 2016 images

Shaquille O’Neal claims he only gave 30 percent to his games

Chris MauriceSeptember 7, 2016
Stephen Curry excuses continue for Warriors NBA Finals loss 2016 images

Stephen Curry excuses continue for Warriors NBA Finals loss

Chris MauriceSeptember 6, 2016
76ers joel embiid finally ready for NBA debut two years later 2016 images

76ers Joel Embiid finally ready for NBA debut two seasons later

Chris MauriceAugust 30, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription