At long last, I’m succumbing to all the peer pressure and the herd mentality and the odd consensus that’s emerged around Karl-Anthony Towns going No. 1 overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Thursday’s NBA Draft.This consensus has only emerged over the past few months, mind you. It’s a consensus that mock drafts and talent evaluators have come to despite the guy who has long been presumed to be the No. 1 selection in this draft since he was in high school — Duke center Jahlil Okafor — doing pretty damn well for himself in his lone college season. You know: Winning the national title, generally considered second to Frank Kaminsky in most lists for national player of the year, showing himself as nothing but a professional, humble, confident young man as he preps for his jump to the NBA.But being the consensus No. 1 pick for so long gave people plenty of chances to poke holes in Okafor’s game. There’s the often abysmal free-throw shooting –“ 51 percent in his season at Duke, which makes you wonder if Hack-An-Okafor is in his future. There are the struggles on defense, though I believe those very real deficiencies have been overblown. And… Read full this story
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