Kevin Arnovitz over at the World Wide Leader has a very lengthy feature piece on Karl-Anthony Towns and how the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year is the face of the NBA’s big man revolution. “He is the first big man of tomorrow,” it says, to be exact.
The piece is called “Real Big Deal” and it takes you all over the place, from John Calipari’s softball game to a night with the Wolves in Portland to Towns’ high school guidance office, where he liked to eat lunch with his counselor.
It also has this little gem, which explains how Towns is the first of his kind at the center position:
According to ESPN Stats & Information, 112 rookies in the shot-clock era have played more than 1,800 minutes, averaged more than 1.2 3-point attempts, averaged fewer than five personal fouls per 100 possessions and posted an assist percentage above 8. One hundred eleven are perimeter players. Towns is the only big man on the list. And he posted the highest player efficiency rating of all of them.
Take a moment to give it a read if you love Towns, and I know you do.