The All-NBA teams were announced Thursday with Timberwolves’ Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns mentioned in the “Other players receiving votes” category.
Towns received 44 votes, the fifth-most among centers. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was named to the first team, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins second team, and Detroit center Andre Drummond third team.
Atlanta center Al Horford edged Towns among the “Other players receiving votes” with 76, but both were in the top five vote-getters not honored. Towns, the former No. 1 overall pick, who was also named to the All-Rookie team, averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, two assists, and 1.7 blocks in all 82 games.
It is no surprise Towns did not make the cut. The last Rookie of the Year winner to also be named All-NBA was Tim Duncan in 1997-1998. Not even LeBron James, Chris Paul or Kevin Durant earned this honor.
However, the numbers argue Towns had a better season than first-team center Jordan. Towns averaged more than double the field-goal attempts and 5.5 more points per game. Jordan averaged 3.3 more rebounds and .6 more blocks than Towns. The Wolves’ rookie also compiled 52 double-doubles, the third-most in the NBA. (See the full comparison below courtesy of Andy Bailey’s tweet).
NumberFire wrote that Towns might have had the best rookie campaign since Duncan.
There have only been seven rookies who have averaged at least 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks, while shooting over 50% from the field since blocks officially became a statistic in 1973-74. Towns essentially joined a murderers' row of NBA legends by accomplishing the feat this year.
The “Murderers’ row” list includes Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson.
Somewhat surprising was the lack of a single All-NBA vote for Andrew Wiggins, the 2015 Rookie of the Year, who averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in his second year in the league. He was among the top scorers in NBA this season with his 1,675 points ranked 13th in the league. Towns’ 1,503 points were ranked 20th.
DEANDRE JORDAN (1st Team All-NBA Center) VS. KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS (No Team All-NBA Center): pic.twitter.com/K4OEWE0ouj— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) May 26, 2016
If Karl-Anthony Towns played in New York or Los Angeles this season he definitely would've made an All-NBA Team. (I'm glad he's in MIN tho)— Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald) May 26, 2016
Guys, this is the last time Towns isn't gonna be the first team all NBA centre until like 2032.— Sean Woodley (@WoodleySean) May 26, 2016