Karl-Anthony Towns Becomes Clear NBA ROY Front Runner – Playing like a seasoned pro instead of a first year newbie, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ center, Karl-Anthony Towns is dominating the competition. The Dominican-American out of the University of Kentucky has established himself as a budding superstar in the league. As the second half of the NBA schedule begins, Towns is clearly the man to beat for NBA Rookie of the Year honors.
His personable demeanor has already made him a local favorite and his standout performance in last weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge garnered the big man national attention. He finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Towns’ time in the NBA All-Star spotlight wasn’t over just yet. He also won the Skills Challenge, defeating the heavily favored Isiah Thomas for bragging rights.
This has been a solid season for the NBA’s 2015 rookie class as a whole. Players like Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks), Jahlil Okafor (76’ers), Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Devin Booker (Suns) D’Angelo Russell (Lakers) and Stanley Johnson (Pistons) have all made significant contributions to their respective teams. However, it is Towns’ and his role at the center of the Timberwolves’ offense that has him positioned to be this year’s top rookie.
Minnesota has highly capable shooters and playmakers in Zach Levine and Andrew Wiggins. Towns’ ability to play away from the basket creates serious mismatch issues for the opposition. In addition, he can more than hold his own in the post, as a result, team’s have to spread themselves thin on help defense. In doing so, they open up opportunities for Minnesota’s shooters and playmakers.
A lot of what goes into a player’s success at the early stages of their career is being drafted by the right team and playing within a system that compliments and plays to the player’s strengths. Towns has that in Minnesota.
Karl-Anthony Towns Becomes Clear NBA ROY Front Runner – The Products
Panini America is the officially licensed manufacturer of NBA trading cards. As the number one overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, Towns has been featured prominently in every Panini basketball card release to date. As the season progresses, expect to see even more of his cards leading the content of future product releases.
Here is a run down of current and future 2015-16 Panini NBA basketball card products with links to each.
- 2015-16 Panini Hoops NBA Basketball
- Entry level price-point, ideal for set builders, insert card collectors
- 2015-16 Panini Court Kings Basketball
- Artistic impressions, modest base set, affordable price point
- 2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball
- Comprehensive base set, perfect for the NBA connoisseur
- 2015-16 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball
- Gear towards the rookie card collector including parallels
- 2015-16 Panini Prizm Basketball
- A mix of autographs, parallels, veterans and rookies
- 2015-16 Panini Totally Certified Basketball
- A mid-range price point with a focus on memorabilia
- 2015-16 Panini Absolute Basketball
- A mid-range price point with a mix of autographs and memorabilia
- 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard Basketball
- High-end product gered towards the thrill-seeker, premium collector and breakers
- 2015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball
- A new entry-level product with a focus on insert card content
- 2015-16 Donruss Basketball
- A classic brand with an affordable, entry level price point, geared to base set and rookie card collectors
- 2015-16 Panini Select Basketball
- A slightly premium style version of Prizm with more autograph content
- 2015-16 Panini Luxe Basketball
- A higher-end product that delivers a mix of content
- 2015-16 Panini Limited Basketball
- An upper mid-range product with a short-printed nature to the content
- 2015-16 Panini National Treasures Basketball
- An super premium product with a focus of on-card autographs and game-used patches
Karl-Anthony Towns Becomes Clear NBA ROY Front Runner – The Cards
A look at recent sales of Karl-Anthony Towns’ cards on eBay, reveal a mix of short printed parallels, high-end memorabilia and autograph cards. The shorter print runs of a particular card always carry a premium over a similar card with a higher serial-numbered production.
While not specifically a basketball card only product, 2015 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Multi-Sport has delivered some of Towns’ highest valued cards to date. It’s a good indication of how National Treasures and Immaculate NBA should perform when they release later this year.
In the last 60 days, 21 cards of Karl-Anthony Towns have sold for over $500.
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