At the beginning of the season it was Kristaps Porzingis, who stole all the headlines when it came to NBA rookies.
But it’s Karl-Anthony Towns who got the one that mattered as he was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in unanimous fashion on Monday — just the fifth winner-take-all vote in the history of the award. Porzingis finished second.
The other unanimous winners? Damian Lillard in 2012-13, Blake Griffin in 2010-11, David Robinson in 1989-90 and Ralph Sampson in 1983-84 — all but one are pretty decent names to collect in the hobby.
The former Kentucky Wildcat was the No. 1 pick in last year’s NBA Draft and averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
So far this season, Towns has appeared on more than 450 different basketball cards from Panini America brands with more than 150 of those bearing a certified autograph.
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