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Best Timberwolves Player

Karl-Anthony Towns

The Timberwolves haven't offered much to cheer about since the Kevin Garnett Era, Part I. This is a team that hasn't tasted the playoffs in 12 years. But there is reason for hope. It goes by the name of Karl-Anthony Towns. The 20-year-old center is that most rare of breed, the big man capable of scoring inside or out, rebounding, passing, blocking shots, and even handling the ball on the fast break. Though the center position has declined in import — largely due to the lack of qualified applicants — Towns has the potential to revolutionize the post, melding the outside gunning of the modern age with the inside jousting of yesteryear. Yes, it's always unwise to view the Timberwolves in any shade of optimism. They're still among the worst teams in the NBA. But along with budding youngsters Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, Towns may herald a day when you're no longer embarrassed to speak this optimism aloud. And it may come sooner than you think.

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Best College Recruit Amir Coffey, University of Minnesota basketball

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