Why you'd build an NBA franchise around Karl-Anthony Towns over LeBron James

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The NBA's general managers have voted, and the player they would choose to build a franchise around is Karl-Anthony Towns. 

The Minnesota Timberwolves star had an incredible rookie campaign, becoming the first unanimous winner of the Rookie of the Year award, and beat out competition from Kevin Durant and LeBron James in the GM survey.

Almost 50 percent - 48.3 to be exact - would opt to build their organisation around the center while 20.7 percent chose the Golden State Warriors' new man Durant and 17.2 percent would've opted for James. 

Franchise stars don't come around every day, but here are three reasons why you would pick Towns over LeBron. 


This is the factor that would've swung it for 95 percent of those GMs that voted for Towns. 

Despite James' superhuman ability on the basketball court, he is the wrong side of 30 when looking to the future, and his time at the top of the game is coming to an end - well, at least that is what history would say. 

Towns, on the other hand, is heading into his sophomore year and has his whole future still to come. The Timberwolves look set to benefit for the next eight years from his excellence.


KAT is already considered one of the best centers in the game. He is certainly in most people's top ten, and there will come a time in the not-too-distant future when he will be number one. 

In the previous campaign, he averaged 18.3 points while shooting 54.2 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from three and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. He also pulled down a huge 10.5 rebounds and had a PER of 22.5.

His usage rating of 24.9 percent made him one of the most efficient players in the league. Moving forward that will be invaluable as he becomes more of a central figure in the offence. 


Despite already possessing incredible talent, the only way is up for Towns. At 20 years old, he is still some way off his best and has time to add many strings to his bow. 

Players never stop learning and the former Jayhawk can become one of the most dominant big men to play in the modern era. 

There hasn't been a talent of this magnitude in the NBA since LeBron entered the league. Don't let his small market fool you, Towns really is a superstar in the making. He can do it all and will be a perennial All-Star and title winner. 

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
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Minnesota Timberwolves
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