Towns wins ROY, going to Lottery 17 May 16

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is the unanimous winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

The league made the announcement Monday, giving the Wolves back-to-back honorees after forward Andrew Wiggins took the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy last season.

The 7-foot Towns received all 130 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada, joining Damian Lillard (2013), Blake Griffin (2011), David Robinson (1990) and Ralph Sampson (1984) as recent unanimous winners.

New York’s Kristaps Porzingis finished second, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic was third.

The first pick in the 2015 draft, Towns ranked eighth in the NBA in rebounds and field-goal percentage and was one of only six players in the league to start all 82 games.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves will send Karl-Anthony Towns as their representative to the NBA draft lottery, hoping for the same fortune that brought them the NBA Rookie of the Year.

The Wolves took Towns with the first pick in 2015 after winning the lottery last spring. This time, they’ll have 88 pingpong balls in the hopper out of 1,000 for an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top spot again. The draw will take place Tuesday night in New York.

Towns will wear one of the late Flip Saunders’ wedding rings around his neck as a good-luck charm at the suggestion of Saunders’ son, Ryan, who wears it around his neck each day.

Saunders, the former coach and executive of the Wolves, died last October after a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.