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Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month this past week for games played in October and November.
Towns was second among rookies in scoring with 14.4 points and led rookies with 9.4 rebounds, 2.18 blocks and shooting 86.7% from the free-throw line. KAT was also third in field-goal percentage at 52.6%. Towns had 8 doubles-doubles, including 6 in his first 8 games. This was higlighted by a 28-point, 14-rebound victory over Denver (his second career game) on October 30th.
Towns also had an impressive outing in a win over the Heat with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals as well as 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks in a three-point overtime loss vs. the Orlando Magic.
Kristaps Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft was also named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month after posting 13.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.89 blocks, while also adding 8 double-doubles, highlighted by a 29-point, 11-rebound win on November 17th vs. the Charlotte Hornets and a 24-point, 14-rebound, 7-block outing in a win over the Houston Rockets.
Other nominees for Western/Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver), Stanley Johnson (Detroit), D'Angelo Russell (LA Lakers), Justise Winslow (Miami), T.J. McConnell (Philadelphia), and Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia).
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