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Karl-Anthony Towns is better than every rookie big man at everything

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While the rest of the rookie big men hang their hat on just one or two strengths, Towns can do it all.

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This piece is part of SB Nation's week-long appreciation of the 2015 NBA rookie class. Read our full coverage here.

The 2015 NBA Draft had a pool of good, diverse seven-footers selected in the lottery. Jahlil Okafor was the best option for a team looking for inside scoring. Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner offered a combination of length and outside shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein was the choice for anyone that wanted defensive versatility. Frank Kaminsky was mature and NBA-ready.

All of those prospects are exciting in their own right and have one skill that makes them intriguing. Some might even become perennial All-Stars once they become more well-rounded.

Yet they all pale in comparison to Karl-Anthony Towns. The No. 1 pick is so good that he boasts all the individual attributes that make the others unique in a single package. He's taken the best quality of each of his peers and molded them together into a package that'll soon change the NBA.

In a nutshell, these are the components of Towns' complete game.

1. Jahlil Okafor's post scoring

Few rookies come into the league with an array of post moves as varied as Okafor's. That skill was expected to translate immediately, and it has. The 76ers' rookie is one of the most prolific post players in the league, ranking eighth in the league points per possession on such plays. He's incredibly fluid with the ball and looks like the kind of player that could turn into a go-to scorer if he improves as a passer when double teams come.

Towns is not as graceful when he posts up, but is already as effective as Okafor. The Timberwolves' big man ranks 17th in the league in possessions ending in post-ups and shoots the same percentage as the third overall pick while turning the ball over less in that setting. He has fantastic touch in his right hook and is intuitive at going to his counter-moves when the main one is taken away.

Okafor will likely end up as the more accomplished post scorer, but Towns can score on the block at a similar rate.

2. Kristaps Porzingis' rim protection and outside shooting

Porzingis was supposed to be a project, but his athleticism and shooting touch accelerated his development curve. It took him a while to get used to the NBA three-point line, but he's averaging 34 percent from outside already and his defense has impressed. He's averaging two blocks a game and opponents shoot just a little over 47 percent on attempts he contests at the rim, per SportVU. Those are great numbers for a rookie.

But Towns can shoot threes, too. He didn't often attempts three-point shots early in the season, but he's shooting them now at a similar rate. On attempts from 16 feet to the three-point line, Towns is shooting 48 percent, two percentage points higher than Porzingis. Towns is every bit the perimeter marksman the Knicks' sensation is.

Both can also protect the basket equally well. Porzingis has a very small edge in blocks and field goal percentage allowed in the restricted area, but it's negligible. If Porzingis is a big man unicorn, so is Towns.

3. Willie Cauley-Stein's defensive versatility

The Sacramento Kings' big man wowed NBA scouts with his defensive versatility. At Kentucky, he showcased the ability to defend guards on the perimeter, use his length to stop post players and serve as an excellent help defender. That unique combination of skills made him a top-10 pick and an intriguing part of an odd Kings team..

Yet, Towns can do all of that, too. Towns has spent most of his time playing center, but he's thrived with many different big men alongside him. Towns has been effective with traditional centers like Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic, classic power forwards like Kevin Garnett and stretch big men like Adreian Payne and Nemanja Bjelica. Towns has shown he's quick enough to stay with guards on switches and sturdy enough to guard true centers.

Most centers can't do either. Towns can do both.

4. Frank Kaminsky's maturity

One-and-done players sometimes are not ready for the pro game, whether mentally or physically. That's why someone like Kaminsky was attractive to the Hornets. They knew he would produce right away and be able to handle the league's professional responsibilities. He's delivered, giving a good Charlotte squad a solid 21 minutes a game off the bench.

Towns -- who is three years younger than Kaminsky -- didn't get to spend four years in college, but has been in the public eye for a long time. When he was just 16 years old, he was part of the Dominican national team, playing against men twice his age. At Kentucky, he played fewer minutes than he could have elsewhere because the team was stacked, yet he never complained.

This season, he's been eager to learn from Kevin Garnett and has handled all the responsibilities of being a franchise player. He's become an emotional leader for a young team while maintaining a steady disposition through lots of losing. Usually, it takes a few years to develop that combination.

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Towns is the dominant player of this draft and appears to be the best big man to enter the league since Anthony Davis. He essentially combines the very best characters of all other young big men into a devastating combination of skills. Towns is not just good at one thing. He's already a well-rounded player with plenty or room to grow.

One or two tools is enough to get most big men drafted in the high lottery. Towns has every tool in the box already. That's why he is on his way to becoming the very best of a star-studded big man class.