The NBA announced that Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Western Conference’s rookie of the month for December.
The former University of Kentucky star was the second player in team history to earn the honor in consecutive months, following teammate Andrew Wiggins. He won four straight months to start last season.
Towns, who also was the Western Conference’s top rookie for November, led all qualified rookies in scoring (18.6 points per game), rebounding (9.5), field-goal accuracy (55.3 percent) and minutes played (30.4) while ranking second in blocked shots (1.56) and third in free-throw percentage (82.8 percent) in December.
Towns had eight double-doubles in points and rebounds during the month, which led all rookies and tied for sixth league-wide. Included in that total were five games with 25-plus points and 10-plus rebounds.
Towns also made 32 straight free throws, beginning Dec. 1 vs. Orlando and ending Dec. 26 vs. Indiana.