Towns Becomes Youngest Player with 25-15-5, Including Blocks

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 21, 2016

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 20:  Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves blocks a shot by Deron Williams #8 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second half at American Airlines Center on January 20, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns posted a historic stat line in Wednesday's 106-94 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the youngest player (20 years and 66 days) in NBA history to record 25 or more points, 15 or more rebounds and five or more blocks in the same game, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

The first overall pick from the 2015 NBA draft actually finished with 27 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in 37 minutes, adding three assists, a steal and three turnovers.

Previously, Shaquille O'Neal was the youngest player to post a 25-15-5 stat line that included blocks, having accomplished the feat five separate times during his 1992-93 rookie season, with the first of those performances coming at the age of 20 years and 291 days, per Basketball-Reference.com's play index.

While not quite on the level of a young Shaq as a low-post scorer, Towns is one of the more impressive rookies in NBA history, offering the kind of well-balanced game that is extremely rare even for veterans.

The Kentucky product is averaging 15.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.7 steals and 2.1 turnovers, with shooting percentages of 52.3 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 85.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Already a borderline superstar, Towns has the look of a future MVP candidate, possibly within the next couple of seasons.


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