Karl-Anthony Towns: ‘I’ve Always Been a Knicks Fan’

Tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery will go a long way to determining where the top players in this year’s Draft class are going to wind up, including Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns.

Towns has a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick, and the New York Knicks have the second-best odds to land the No. 1 overall pick. Would Towns be a good fit with the Knicks, the team he grew up rooting for as a kid (Towns played his high school ball in New Jersey)?

For what it’s worth, Towns sounds like he would be thrilled to play his home games at MSG.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Karl-Anthony Towns and his family couldn’t afford to buy tickets for him to see his beloved New York Knicks during his youth. But if the Ping-Pong balls bounce the right way during Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery in New York, the potential No. 1 pick could end up playing for the rebuilding franchise that he has watched since he was a child.


“I’ve always been a Knicks fan,” Towns, 19, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview. “I never was able to afford passes to the games. We were able to afford cable and got the MSG channel so I could watch every Knick game. It made me more of a fan because I could watch every big game.


“My best friend was a Nets fan so it made for a cool rivalry. My favorite player for the Knicks is a tie between Walt Frazier and Patrick Ewing, but I liked Patrick Ewing a lot. But I’ve never been to a Knicks game. I could never afford to go there.”


Towns should soon be able to afford to see the Knicks or any NBA game because he is projected by Draftexpress.com to be the top player in the June 25 draft in New York.


The Knicks have the second-best odds to get the No. 1 pick at 19.9 percent, behind the Minnesota Timberwolves (25 percent). The last time the Knicks had the No. 1 pick was in 1985, when they selected Ewing.