Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis are unanimously selected to NBA All-Rookie team

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After impressive rookie seasons, Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis have been rewarded with unanimous selections to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

The positions of the two forwards were never in question as the pair displayed their talents throughout the campaign despite being on losing teams. 

Both players received all 130 first-team votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

It is the second honour of the week for Towns who was also unanimously named as the Rookie of the Year - the fifth unanimous winner in the trophy's history. 

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KAT averaged an impressive 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per night, numbers which seasoned NBA players would be proud of let alone a rookie. 

He led all rookies in scoring, rebounding, and doubles-doubles.

Porzingis, who didn't get the nicest reception from Knicks fans when he was drafted, proved his doubters wrong by showing why Phil Jackson was right to choose him with the fourth overall pick. 

The big Latvian averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks a night and made a huge impression on fans in the Big Apple. He also became the first Knicks rookie to score at least 1,000 points in a season since Mark Jackson in 1987-88.

On draft night, not many would have imagined that the 20-year-old would end the year with the NBA's fourth highest-selling jersey ahead of the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and even teammate Carmelo Anthony. 

Both at 20, Towns and Porzingis are the future stars of the NBA and are destined to create a rivalry on the court that many hope will last for many years similar to that of LeBron James and Carmelo who also came through the draft class. 

If the two big men continue on the path they have created for themselves, they are sure to be perennial All-Stars in the league and are already important players for their respective franchises. 

The NBA All-Rookie first team.was completed by Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor.

Miami Heat's Justise Winslow, the L.A. Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, Denver's Emmanuel Mudiay, Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner and Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings were on the All-Rookie second team.

It was Towns and Porzingis, though, who headlined a strong 2016 rookie class and stood head and shoulders above the rest. 

The duo will now be heading into their sophomores seasons in the league with new head coaches to work with.

Tom Thibodeau replaced Sam Mitchell in Minnesota on a five-year deal and Jeff Hornacek is reportedly close to being named as the new coach of the Knicks. 

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