Karl-Anthony Towns was drafted first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the First Round of the 2015 NBA picks at the Barclays Center on June 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City and later posed with Commissioner Adam Silver pictured above after the big announcement, according to ESPN.
The Timberwolves selected the 6-foot-11 freshman sensation out of Kentucky, who averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game in his only season with the Wildcats and was widely believed to be the top overall selection by experts heading into the draft. The New Jersey native is considered a highly skilled, two-way threat who can impact games on both ends of the floor.
“When (commissioner) Adam Silver came out, I saw him, and he said, ‘With the No. 1 pick …’ (my heart) was racing,” said Towns. “I told Coach Cal (John Calipari) before when he first came out that I was trying to drink water and I was shaking uncontrollably, and I told him, ‘Coach, don’t give me the ball right now for the last-second shot. I wouldn’t make it.’ I was just shocked and just extremely happy that I was able to give my parents something they can remember for the rest of their lives.”
Currently in a rebuilding mode, The Timberwolves hope that Towns and last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, can become a formidable duo for years to come. Minnesota acquired Wiggins in the blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland Cavaliers last summer.
Wiggins took to Twitter to welcome Towns.
Welcome to the Family @KarlTowns !
— andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) June 25, 2015