Ranking all active No. 1 picks in the NBA, from worst to best

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5) Karl-Anthony Towns

While Towns was never able to prop up the T-Wolves franchise in a way that Edwards has, there is no denying Towns’ has had an incredible career to this point. The now four-time All-Star boasts career averages of 23.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg, on absurd 52.6%/40.0%/83.2% shooting splits. Towns has previously said that he feels as though he is the best shooting big man of all time, and while many disagreed, his numbers certainly put him in that conversation.

The past few seasons, Towns has shifted from a lead role to a more complementary role alongside Edwards. Operating as a second option has allowed Towns’ efficiency to climb, as his 3 point percentage has risen to an outstanding 44.3%, among the best in the league.

This has also translated to team success, something that alluded Towns for much of his career prior to Edwards arrival. With Towns firmly entrenched as a core player moving forward, the T-Wolves are well positioned to be mainstays at the top of the Western Conference for the first time since the Kevin Garnett era.