2. Karl-Anthony Towns (Oct. 2015 – Nov. 2015)
It is quite easy to ignore the contribution of Karl-Anthony Towns to the success of the Minnesota Timberwolves. After all, since arriving on the Timberwolves roster as the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Towns has consistently put up incredible numbers for the team. So much so that he has become like the sound of traffic in the city, simply background noise.
But when Karl-Anthony Towns arrived as a rookie in the NBA, the world of professional basketball had never seen a player like him before. Here is a 6-foot-11 248-pound stretch-5. He was able to play the physical game around the basket, compete for rebounds in the paint, and slide out to sink a laser-accurate perimeter shot, all in his rookie year.
82 games | 32.0 MPG | 18.3 PPG | 10.5 RPG | 2.0 APG | 0.7 SPG | 1.7 BPG | 54.2 FG% | 34.1 3P%
Unfortunately, some fans have become far too accustomed to that level of production, and have begun to focus less on what he can do for the Timberwolves, and more on what he does not do well.
Despite his incredible debut in the NBA, he was unable to compete in the NBA Playoffs until he got help. Help arrived first in the form of shooting guard Jimmy Butler. When that did not work out, he has to await the arrival of the next player on this list.