Karl-Anthony Towns is the clear front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year. The Timberwolves' No. 1 draft pick out of Kentucky took to the league game immediately, comfortably, and started racking up statistics rarely seen in someone of his tender age. He's got 29 double-doubles, easily ahead of all other rookies, and is in the league's top 10 in field goal percentage and blocks per game.
That's all great for the Timberwolves front office. What's good for their box office is that Towns also occasionally takes the ball, runs at the hoop, and throws it down, regardless of who's in his way. Last night, that meant former T-Wolves forward Dante Cunningham, who became the victim/co-star of another wonderful highlight.
The Timberwolves are not good this season. Towns' dunk came in yet another loss, this one a 112-106 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans that wasn't as close as the score indicates. So Twin Cities basketball fans will need to take whatever small moments of joy they can get.
Like this one, as a 20-year-old kid fools a defense with a fake handoff to Ricky Rubio, glides past Anthony Davis, one of the league's best defenders, and rises up for the most of spectacular two-point field goals.
Another highlight: The little kid in the front row, right next to the basket, wearing a black Andrew Wiggins jersey. Notice how Towns' dunk makes that boy shoot up out of his chair screaming "OHHHHHH!"
Ignore the Wolves' win-loss record. This year, just try to be that kid.