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Towns, Wiggins named in top 25 players 25 and younger

Wiggins took a big drop from last year's rankings.

Karl-Anthony Towns came in at No. 4 overall and Andrew Wiggins is 23rd in ESPN's list of the 25 best NBA players who are 25 or younger (there is a paywall). 

The top five: 

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (23 years, 92 days)
  2. Anthony Davis (24 years, 362 days)
  3. Joel Embiid (23 years, 357 days)
  4. Karl-Anthony Towns (22 years, 113 days)
  5. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (23 years, 17 days)

In terms of age, Towns is the youngest of the the top five. 

As the Wolves point out, the list seems a little unfair to Wiggins (23 years, 13 days), who dropped 12 spots after being No. 11 on this list last year.

"In February, Wiggins became the sixth-youngest player in league history to score 6,000 points. The only players who managed to do so at a younger age are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady, and he is the third option on a team that has been one of the best in the NBA."

Even as the Wolves' third scoring option, Wiggins has averaged 17.9 points per game on 48.7 percent shooting, which is on par with his career averages. 

And now with Jimmy Butler out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, Wiggins should see a much heavier workload down the stretch. 

In four games since Butler's injury, Wiggins has averaged 23.5 points while shooting an impressive 50 percent (9-of-18) on 3-pointers. 

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