Today, the NBA announced the top rookies for the month of February. In the West, Minnesota‘s Karl-Anthony Towns surprised no one by securing his fourth straight honor, with incredible averages of 21.1 points & 11.8 rebounds.
In the East, however, Indiana‘s Myles Turner took home his first Rookie of the Month award, breaking Kristaps Porzingis‘s stranglehold over the conference. Turner is really starting to break out as Indy’s starting four man – averaged 13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks/night.
Towns and Turner’s teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum and both of them are settling into very different roles.
Though Towns is currently listed as a TDIT (Top DOG In Training), by the end of the year, he’s an easy Top DOG with a beat on DIFFERENT BREED territory heading into 2017. Shattering records…that’s the simple way to put it.
He currently joins legends David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, and Hakeem Olajuwon as rooks who averaged at least 17 points & 10 boards on 53% shooting or better.
Those are true, star numbers for a guy who’s only had 5 months to adjust to the NBA game. The last player who’s ascended this fast into DIFFERENT BREED status is probably Anthony Davis. That should say it all.
Towns’s terrific tear included an upset victory over Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge, a resounding statement for all big men.
Turner, on the other hand, is emerging into a face-up threat and weak side defender on a mid-level playoff team in the East. You don’t want to go as far to say he’s already a go-to guy down low but the early returns are far, far better than expected.
His best game of the month was a 24-point outing in a close dub over New York. During the game, Turner set up the D by stretching out on the perimeter before converting a turnaround hook in the post to help seal the deal.
Not only does Frank Vogel trust Turner to finish games and make key plays, Myles shows a lot of poise when faced with adversity (down 10, foul trouble) and constantly finds ways to contribute.
If Indy holds on and makes the postseason (currently 7th), national audiences will get a long look at a burgeoning star in the Hoosier state.