The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Towns wasted no time making an impact as a rookie in Minnesota. The big man from Kentucky started all 82 games for the Timberwolves and finished second on the team with 18.3 points per game. He contributed impressively in other areas as well, averaging 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. Towns displayed a nice touch from deep for a post player, as he shot 34.1 percent from 3-point range. The 20-year-old also knocked down 81.1 percent of his free throws. Towns scored a season-high 35 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line Feb. 10 against Toronto. The rookie had three other games with 30 or more points and scored at least 20 points 32 times. Towns snatched a season-high 21 rebounds against Dallas on Apr. 3. He added 11 points in that contest, giving him one of his 52 double-doubles on the season. Towns ranked sixth in the league with 138 blocked shots, and he posted a pair of six-block efforts. After leading all rookies in points, boards and blocks, Towns unanimously won Rookie of the Year honors, becoming just the fifth player since 1984 to receive all the first-place votes.2016
After an impressive rookie season, Towns was even more dominant in his second year. He once again started all 82 games for the Timberwolves, and he shot 54.2 percent from the field, matching his rate from the year before. The former Kentucky standout was able to maintain that strong shooting percentage while taking 18.0 shots per game, up from 14.1 as a rookie. That translated to 25.1 points per game, which ranked 13th in the NBA. Towns added 12.3 rebounds per game, good for sixth in the league. The 21-year-old continued to show impressive comfort from deep for a big man, as he attempted 3.4 3-pointers per game, up from 1.1 as a rookie. Towns increased his 3-point percentage from 34.1 percent to 36.7 percent, making him a true force everywhere on the court. The sophomore recorded his first career 40-point game when he went for 47 points on 15-of-22 shooting against the Knicks on Nov. 30. Towns followed that up with a 41-point effort against Houston on Dec. 17, and he scored 40 against the Lakers on April 9. He grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds against the Rockets on Feb. 25. Towns had two other games with at least 20 rebounds. He finished with an incredible 62 double-doubles on the season, the second-most in the league.2017
Towns continued his stretch of remarkable durability, appearing in all 82 games for the third straight season. He once again averaged a double-double with 21.3 points (20th in the league) and 12.3 rebounds (fourth in the league) per contest, and he set new career bests in both field-goal percentage (54.5 percent) and three-point shooting (42.1 percent). In fact, Towns finished 14th in the league in three-point field-goal percentage, just behind Stephen Curry and ahead of JJ Redick. Perhaps the biggest highlight was his career-high 56 points against Atlanta on Mar. 28., but he also set a new career mark with 23 rebounds at Boston on Jan. 5. As you might expect from accumulating such numbers, Towns was named to his first All-Star team. Towns also got his first taste of the playoffs in a first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, and he collected double-doubles in each of the series' final three games while attempting to stave off elimination. He was named Third-Team All-NBA, the first All-NBA honors of his brief career -- but likely not the last.2018
Towns averaged a double-double for the fourth time in as many years. He posted 24.4 points per game and set new career highs in rebounds per game (12.4) and assists per game (3.4). Towns also made it a point to get to the line, as he averaged a career-best 5.8 free-throw attempts per contest. He was named an All-Star for the second straight year and came off the bench in that game to score 11 points in 11 minutes. On Feb. 28, Towns scored a season-high 42 points against the Pacers. He also set a new career-high for rebounds when he pulled down 27 boards as part of a 110-106 victory over the Pelicans in January. He matched a career-high in blocks twice, swatting six shots against both the Hornets on Dec. 5 and the Heat on Dec. 30. For the season, he finished ninth in the league with 125 blocks. On Mar. 5, Towns racked up 41 points as part of a 131-120 win over the Thunder. In the process, he passed Wally Szczerbiak to move into fifth place on the Timberwolves' career scoring list.
June 25, 2015Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
July 7, 2015Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
September 22, 2018Signed a five-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves