As we are late in the postseason, the last of the annual NBA awards have been announced. A pair of Timberwolves received nominations to be included on these lists.
Yesterday the All-NBA teams and All-NBA Defensive teams were announced. The All-NBA team has first, second, and third teams. The All-NBA Defensive team has first, and second teams.
Seeing a Minnesota Timberwolves player on these lists has been something that has not happened since 2014 when Kevin Love made the All-NBA 2nd team.
This season, Karl-Anthony Towns put together one of the best rookie seasons ever seen. After winning Rookie of the Year, he obviously headlined the All-NBA Rookie Team. He is on his way to being a top player at his position and now it looks like the sports writers already see him as being just that.
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Towns received 44 votes for the All-NBA team. At the center position, the first team player was Deandre Jordan. The second team center was Demarcus Cousins. The third team center was Andre Drummond. In the list of other players who received votes at the center position were Al Horford, who received 76, and next was Towns. In one way you could look at that, Towns is already a top 5 player at his position in his rookie season. Expect to see Towns on these lists for many years to come.
Ricky Rubio has always been known to be a tough defender. That is one of his best assets. Yesterday when the All-NBA Defensive team was announced, Rubio received multiple nominations for that award. Rubio received 30 votes, not to mention 6 votes to be included on the All-NBA Defensive First team. Those votes were not enough to make one of the teams, but people are starting to take notice of his defensive skill set.
When people talk about the Timberwolves future, Towns, Wiggins, and Lavine are alway mentioned. Rubio is a big part of this team and a great defensive anchor and leader. Expect the Timberwolves players to keep getting more personal awards over the next few years. This team’s future is so bright and people are starting to notice.