Karl-Anthony Towns

Here are all of Garion Thorne’s top 150 players ranked for the 2019-20 fantasy basketball season. He also provides an analysis on why you should draft Karl-Anthony Towns, Brandon Ingram and Pascal Siakam at these respective spots.

1) Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

You can only base so much off of a 20-game sample, but Karl-Anthony Towns was unstoppable after the All-Star break. Despite averaging fewer than 33 minutes per contest, the former first-overall pick put up 28.1 points and grabbed 13.4 rebounds, all while maintaining an eye-popping .635 true shooting percentage on a massive 33.3% usage rate. That last aspect is really what sets Towns apart as the clear No. 1 fantasy selection in 2019-20. It’s his ability to blend insane volume with elite efficiency. Consider that of the 24 qualified players operating at a usage rate above 28.0% last season, only Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo did so with a better true shooting rate than Towns. However, where Antetokounmpo hasn’t shown a propensity to shoot threes and Curry possesses underwhelming rebounding and assist numbers, Towns has no obvious deficiency. Heck, even his assist rate shot up to a career-best 17.2% in 2018-19. Add the fact that Towns has missed a mere five games across his first four years in the league, and you’ve got an asset that checks every single box.

2) Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
3) Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
4) James Harden, PG/SG, Houston Rockets
5) Anthony Davis, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
6) Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets
7) LeBron James, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
8) Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trailblazers
9) Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers
10) Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers
11) Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards
12) Kyrie Irving, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets
13) Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons
14) Nikola Vucevic, PF/C, Orlando Magic
15) Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Miami Heat
16) Luka Doncic, PG/SF, Dallas Mavericks
17) Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics
18) Paul George, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers
19) Jrue Holiday, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans
20) Devin Booker PG/SG, Phoenix Suns
21) Russell Westbrook, PG, Houston Rockets
22) Pascal Siakam, SF/PF, Toronto Raptors

While it’s quite the leap to go from undrafted to a second-round pick in the span of 365 days, I truly believe Pascal Siakam is worthy of the distinction. It’s widely accepted that the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player will be first in line to fill the offensive void left by the departure of Kawhi Leonard, but just how much responsibility Siakam might have maybe hasn’t been explored enough. Aside from the Cameroonian forward, there are two members of the Raptors’ championship-winning starting five remaining: Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol, two players that averaged only 16.0 and 13.8 field goal attempts per 100 possessions, respectively, last season in Toronto. However, while both are passive when it comes to shooting the ball, each is a highly-skilled playmaker with immense basketball IQ — meaning Siakam will be the one taking the shots, but he won’t have to create them all on his own. It’s also not like we haven’t seen Siakam thrive with Leonard off the court. The 25-year-old logged 1,012 minutes in the absence of Leonard in 2018-19, a split in which he produced 1.19 points per possession with an exquisite .615 true shooting percentage. Siakam simply has all the tools to rise another level this coming season.

23) Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz
24) Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks
25) Donovan Mitchell, PG/SG, Utah Jazz
26) De’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings
27) Ben Simmons, PG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
28) LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
29) Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns
30) Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
31) DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
32) Draymond Green, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
33) John Collins, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks
34) Blake Griffin, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
35) Myles Turner, PF/C, Indiana Pacers
36) D’Angelo Russell, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
37) Chris Paul, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
38) Mike Conley, PG, Utah Jazz
39) Kristaps Porzingis, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks
40) Zach LaVine, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls
41) CJ McCollum, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers
42) Khris Middleton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
43) Clint Capela, C, Houston Rockets
44) Mitchell Robinson, C, New York Knicks
45) Bam Adebayo, PF/C, Miami Heat
46) Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
47) Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers
48) Otto Porter Jr., SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
49) Robert Covington, SF/PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
50) Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
51) Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets
52) Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks
53) Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers
54) Lauri Markkanen, PF/C, Chicago Bulls
55) Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
56) Julius Randle, PF/C, New York Knicks
57) Kevin Love, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
58) Jonas Valanciunas, C, Memphis Grizzlies
59) Hassan Whiteside, C, Portland Trailblazers
60) Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Sacramento Kings
61) Jayson Tatum, SF/PF, Boston Celtics
62) Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
63) Montrezl Harrell, PF/C, Los Angeles Clippers
64) Derrick Favors, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
65) Caris LeVert, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
66) Victor Oladipo, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers
67) Brandon Ingram, SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans

Is there such a thing as a post, post-hype sleeper? It feels like we’ve been trying to convince ourselves that Ingram’s destined to become a star each of the past two offseasons; but, following a year in which he dealt with blood clots and was sidelined indefinitely, Ingram’s stock has never been lower. It’s kind of incredible, really. We’ve got a former second-overall pick, that just turned 22, entering his fourth NBA campaign after averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds on a career-best 49.7% shooting rate, and he’s generally sitting outside the top-100 in ADP. Is there uncertainty about his place in a totally re-hauled Pelicans offense? Most assuredly. However, playing third banana to Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday isn’t exactly a death sentence, especially if Alvin Gentry’s system resembles the uptempo style New Orleans played at to close out 2018-19. In fact, of all 30 teams, no one ran more possession per 48 minutes than the Pelicans coming out of the All-Star break (106.4). Honestly, no other squad was even close. I’m willing to give Ingram one more chance in an offensive environment that should help him finally flourish.

68) Buddy Hield, SG, Sacramento Kings
69) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
70) Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
71) Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets
72) Lonzo Ball, PG, New Orleans Pelicans
73) Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks
74) Al Horford, PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers
75) Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Indiana Pacers
76) Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
77) Wendell Carter Jr., PF/C, Chicago Bulls
78) Marc Gasol, C, Toronto Raptors
79) Thomas Bryant, C, Washington Wizards
80) Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
81) DeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn Nets
82) Josh Richardson, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
83) Delon Wright, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks
84) Ricky Rubio, PG, Phoenix Suns
85) Gordon Hayward, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
86) Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
87) Jeff Teague, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
88) Gary Harris, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets
89) Dejounte Murray, PG, San Antonio Spurs
90) Derrick White, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
91) Kelly Oubre, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns
92) Lou Williams, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers
93) Fred VanVleet, PG/SG, Toronto Raptors
94) T.J. Warren, SF/PF, Indiana Pacers
95) Enes Kanter, C, Boston Celtics
96) Serge Ibaka, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
97) Bojan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, Utah Jazz
98) Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Orlando Magic
99) Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
100) Joe Ingles, SG/SF, Utah Jazz
101) Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
102) Collin Sexton, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
103) Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Boston Celtics
104) JaVale McGee, C, Los Angeles Lakers
105) Jarrett Allen, C, Brooklyn Nets
106) Paul Millsap, PF/C, Denver Nuggets
107) Dewayne Dedmon, C, Sacramento Kings
108) Justise Winslow, PG/SF, Miami Heat
109) Spencer Dinwiddie, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets
110) Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
111) R.J. Barrett, SG/SF, New York Knicks
112) Jerami Grant, SF/PF, Denver Nuggets
113) OG Anunoby, SF/PF, Toronto Raptors
114) Dwight Powell, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks
115) Jaylen Brown, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
116) Kevin Huerter, SG, Atlanta Hawks
117) Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns
118) Evan Fournier, SG/SF, Orlando Magic
119) Rudy Gay, SF/PF, San Antonio Spurs
120) Goran Dragic, PG/SG, Miami Heat
121) Eric Gordon, SG/SF, Houston Rockets<
122) Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings
123) Taurean Prince, SF, Brooklyn Nets
124) Zach Collins, PF/C, Portland Trailblazers
125) Kevon Looney, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
126) Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls
127) Dario Saric, PF/C, Phoenix Suns
128) Miles Bridges, SF, Charlotte Hornets
129) Brandon Clarke, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies
130) Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings
131) Trevor Ariza, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings
132) Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
133) D.J. Augustin, PG, Orlando Magic
134) JJ Redick, SG, New Orleans Pelicans
135) Joe Harris, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
136) Klay Thompson, SG, Golden State Warriors
137) Robert Williams, C, Boston Celtics
138) Alex Len, C, Atlanta Hawks
139) Cody Zeller, PF/C, Charlotte Hornets
140) Derrick Rose PG/SG, Detroit Pistons
141) Elfrid Payton, PG, New York Knicks
142) Kyle Anderson, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
143) Danny Green, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers
144) Cedi Osman, SF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
145) Landry Shamet, PG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers
146) Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, Detroit Pistons
147) Jarrett Culver, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
148) P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, Houston Rockets
149) Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Miami Heat
150) Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers

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