Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns campaigned for teammate Anthony Edwards to win the Rookie of the Year Award after Monday's 116-106 home win over the Sacramento Kings.
"He's the Rookie of the Year. I don't know what else to say," Towns told reporters. "He's proven he's the most talented player in the draft class. ... He's the best of the best."
Edwards, the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, recorded 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes against the Kings. He's gained traction in the race for top rookie honors with the Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball sidelined by a wrist injury.
Ball emerged as the front-runner for Rookie of the Year before fracturing his wrist during a March 20 game against the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the injury and subsequent surgery will keep him out for the remainder of the season, but the Hornets haven't confirmed that timetable.