The Minnesota Timberwolves are deciding what to do with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft with Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns, Duke center Jahlil Okafor, and Ohio State combo guard D'Angelo Russell all vying to be the top pick.
However, this isn't really that hard of a decision. Here are three reasons why Towns should be playing for the Timberwolves next season:
1) Defensive prowess
While many top prospects are known for their offensive conquests, Towns is best known for his defense and shot-blocking ability. He anchored the second best defense in college basketball with 2.3 blocks per game, and his elite athleticism and timing make him a force in a skill that directly translates to the NBA.
2) Expanding offensive game
However, that's not to say Towns is a slouch on offense. He already has an unblockable jump hook that is automatic from the post, and scouts are raving about his three-point shooting ability. Yes - Towns has range:
Video of Karl-Anthony Towns shooting NBA threes. Ridiculously talented pic.twitter.com/J8JiKXwCxP
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 1, 2015
How could the Timberwolves pass on THAT guy?
3) Team-first mentality
A lot of top prospects come into the league more focused about their stock and numbers instead of the team, but that's not the case with Towns. He purposefully sacrificed playing time and stats at Kentucky in order to do what it takes to help his team win, allowing him to make a bigger impact on the court. Having a superstar that's also a great teammate is rare, but Towns seems to be one of those guys.
4) Unlimited potential
Still not sold on Towns? Perhaps the most amazing thing about him is that he's still just scratching the surface of the player he can be. His post game is still limited to dunks and that jump hook, but his soft hands and quick feet give him the ability to do whatever he wants on the block. Once he gets some NBA coaching, it won't be long until he's dominating the pros.
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