Karl-Anthony Towns was named the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year today, becoming the second Minnesota Timberwolves player in franchise history to receive the award. He joins Damian Lillard (2012-2013 season), Blake Griffin (2010-11), David Robinson (1989-90) and Ralph Sampson (1983-84) as the fifth unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year honoree in the last 32 years.
The Timberwolves are the first team with back-to-back Rookie of the Year winners since the Buffalo Braves in 1972-73 (Bob McAdoo) and 1973-74 (Ernie DiGregorio).
Here are some tweets that captured today’s events.
After the press conference, Karl-Anthony Towns’ father, Karl Towns Sr., talked to the media about his son’s speech, coaching Towns as a young player, and why he expects him to complete his education.
Later, new head coach Tom Thibodeau talked about what he saw on tape from last year, what expects on draft day and the opportunity Minnesota has with its young players.
Finally, Towns spoke about what he felt about the future of the team, offered advice for younger players entering the league and talked a bit about his dapper outfit for the occasion.