Karl-Anthony Towns

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Center, Minnesota Timberwolves

Mental Health
Sports - Basketball

Karl-Anthony Towns: Biography at a Glance

  • Drafted 1st Overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Named a two-time NBA All Star (2018, 2019)
  • Named NBA Rookie of the Year (2016)
  • As a freshman, he led The University of Kentucky to an undefeated regular season and a Final Four appearance (2015)
  • Named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and National Association of Basketball and a third-team All-American by Sporting News


After a historic season with Coach John Calipari and the University of Kentucky, Karl-Anthony Towns was picked first by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6'11" freshman led the Wildcats to an undefeated season.

He averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game and was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and NABC, and a third-team All-American by Sporting News.

In Town's first NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 28, 2015, he recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds as a starter in the 112-111 win.

As a 16-year-old Towns was named to the 2012 Dominican Republic national team. He also played basketball at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen, New Jersey.

In 2020, Towns was forced to publicly grieve the loss of his mother and other loved ones to COVID-19, putting a toll on his mental health that nearly made him walk away from basketball.

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