POSTED: Jan 4, 2016 2:49 PM ET
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.
This is the second consecutive Kia NBA Rookie of the Month award for Porzingis, who ranked second among East rookies in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) and first among all rookies in blocked shots (2.20 bpg). Porzingis posted four point-rebound double-doubles and blocked three or more shots in six games. He also shot 36.6 percent (15-of-41) from three-point range for the month. During a 91-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 23, Porzingis made 4-of-5 from three-point range en route to 23 points and added 13 rebounds and four assists.
Towns, who also earns his second straight Kia NBA Rookie of the Month award, led all first-year players in scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg) and ranked second in blocks (1.56 bpg). He recorded eight point-rebound double-doubles in December and produced eight games with at least 20 points. Towns shot 55.3 percent from the field for the month and made at least half his shots in 14 of 16 games. During a 123-122 overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 9, Towns posted 26 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Here is a recap of the month for Porzingis and Towns:
Kia Awards: Kristaps Porzingis
Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is a nominee for the Kia Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December.
Dec. 2 vs. Philadelphia: Posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in a 99-87 win over the 76ers.
Dec. 4 vs. Brooklyn: Scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 108-91 victory against the Nets.
Dec. 16 vs. Minnesota: Collected 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and seven blocks during a 107-102 win over the Timberwolves.
Kia Awards: Karl-Anthony Towns
The Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns is a nominee for the Kia Western Conference Player of the Month in December.
Dec. 9 vs. L.A. Lakers: Tallied 26 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks during a 123-122 overtime victory against the Lakers.
Dec. 20 @ Brooklyn: Posted 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 100-85 win over the Nets.
Dec. 30 vs. Utah: Finished with 25 points (10-of-15 field goals) and 10 rebounds in a 94-80 victory over the Jazz.
Other nominees for the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month were Charlotte's Frank Kaminsky, Denver's Nikola Jokic, the Los Angeles Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, Miami's Justise Winslow and Philadelphia's Jahlil Okafor.