Karl-Anthony Towns’ NBA career is off to somewhat of a historic start as he leads all rookies in rebounds and blocks, and ranks third in the entire league in double-doubles. Only three other players in the last 30 years can say they too averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks at this stage in their career: Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, and Dikembe Mutombo. That’s pretty good company.
Town was a guest on this morning’s edition of SportsCenter to discuss his fantastic start with ESPN’s Jaymee Sire. The former Wildcat called it a “whirlwind” experience so far, and credits teammates Kevin Garnett and Andrew Wiggins with helping him through the process. He said the key is to always ask questions.
Then came a question about John Calipari, because one simply can’t interview a former Kentucky player in the NBA without bringing up John Calipari. Sire asked him how much Cal helped out in preparing him for the league.
“Tremendously,” said Towns. “He’s the best in the business for a reason. He’s just amazing — what he does for his players, his sons, and for me — he just continued to push me to another level that I never knew I had, and just got me so prepared for this whole experience, this whole NBA experience that — you know, I can’t thank him enough.”
Towns also said he records every Kentucky basketball game and watches them when he can.