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Turner, Towns named Kia Rookies of the Month

POSTED: Mar 4, 2016 4:15 PM ET

Official release


— The Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner 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 February.

Turner, who earned Rookie of the Month honors for the first time, ranked third among East first-year players in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and minutes (29.8 mpg). He also shot 51.0 percent from the field, the second-best mark for East rookies. Turner recorded his first two career double-doubles during the month and produced a run of nine straight double-digit scoring games. On Feb. 19, Turner scored 16 points and blocked a career-high six shots in a 101-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, part of a 4-1 stretch for the Pacers.

Towns, the Western Conference winner for the fourth month in a row, led all rookies in scoring (21.1 ppg), rebounding (11.8 rpg) and minutes (34.6 mpg), and ranked third in field goal percentage (53.7) and blocked shots (1.64 bpg). He posted double-doubles in nine of 11 games, including a 30-point, 15-rebound performance in a 112-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 27. Towns scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 117-112 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 10, and he matched his career high with 17 rebounds to go with 26 points in a 112-105 win over the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 6.

Here is a closer look at February for Turner and Towns:

Myles Turner

Kia Awards: Myles Turner

Pacers forward Myles Turner is the Kia Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in February.

Feb. 1 vs. Cleveland: Notched his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) and added four blocked shots in a 111-106 loss to the Cavaliers.
Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Lakers: Shot 6-of-8 from the field and posted 14 points and 13 rebounds in an 89-87 win over the Lakers.
Feb. 24 vs. New York: Scored 24 points and collected six rebounds in a 108-105 victory against the Knicks.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Kia Awards: Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns is the Kia Western Conference Rookie of the Month in February.

Feb. 3 @ L.A. Clippers: Scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 108-102 victory against the Clippers.
Feb. 20 vs. New York: Contributed 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in a 103-95 loss to the Knicks.
Feb. 22 vs. Boston: Shot 13-of-22 from the field and finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in a 124-122 win over the Celtics.

Other nominees for the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month were Denver's Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic, the Los Angeles Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, New York's Kristaps Porzingis, Philadelphia's Jahlil Okafor and Phoenix's Devin Booker.