Minnesota Timberwolves rookie center Karl-Anthony Town skies for a dunk.

Minnesota Timberwolves No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns has established himself as the clear-cut favorite to take home Rookie of the Year at season’s end. Kristaps Porzingis made things interesting early on, and gained a cult following in the Big Apple, but the consistent play from Towns has made him a lock for ROY honors.

The former Kentucky Wildcat has been stuffing box scores for Minnesota. With 39 double-doubles thus far throughout his rookie campaign, Towns leads all rookies by a massive margin. He’s amassed more than twice as many double-doubles as second-place Porzingis.

In fact, Towns’ 39 double-doubles ranks No. 6 in the entire league — behind Andre Drummond, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall. From Jan. 25 through Feb. 19, Towns rattled off 10 straight double-doubles. That’s reliability you rarely see from a first-year player.

Of course, Towns’ numbers go far beyond comparisons to All-Star-caliber players in the game today. By averaging at least 17 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks during his rookie go-around, Towns would become the first rook since 1999-00 to post those averages and just the sixth in league history.

Towns is in the midst of truly elite company with those stats. Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and David Robinson all went on to garner MVP trophies and championship rings. Sampson and Brand had very successful professional careers with multiple All-Star appearances.

But while you could argue Towns has been a volume scorer merely due to having plenty of opportunity as the starting center on a rebuilding roster, that’s simply not true. The big man has been masterfully efficient. He’s shooting 54.5 percent from the field overall — even knocking down 34.4 percent of his three-pointers — and has converted at clips well above league-average from mid-range all season.

Towns will win the Rookie of the Year award when the season ends. The three visualizations above not-so-subtly hint that’s near an absolute certainty. The Timberwolves have a new face of their franchise, but the challenge now will be surrounding him with the right pieces to compete in the Western Conference. The pressure now falls on management after taking the best player No. 1 overall.

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