Draft by the numbers
Since 2007, all but one No. 1 draft pick has been a college freshman. Blake Griffin (2009) is the only first overall pick during that time to play more than one year of college basketball.
Players who grew up overseas among the first five picks: forward Kristaps Porzingis in Latvia and guard Mario Hezonja in Croatia.
Karl-Anthony Towns was Kentucky’s third No. 1 pick in the past six years, joining Anthony Davis in 2012 and John Wall in 2010.
Towns becomes the fourth No. 1 overall pick since 2008 who was coached in college by John Calipari. The previous three — Derrick Rose (Memphis, 2008), Wall and Davis — either won the Rookie to the Year award or finished second in ROY voting in their first season in the NBA.
The Timberwolves’ selection of Towns marks the 14th time since 2000 that a player 20 or younger was selected with the first overall pick. Only Kenyon Martin (2000) and Yao Ming (2002) were 21 or older.
First-round picks who played at Duke for coach Mike Krzyzewski. That’s the most in NBA history.