Towns is the best player in the draft. He is surely the number 1 pick, and the closest thing to a superstar in it, both now and in the future. He has footwork, touch, awareness, smarts, a jump shot with a quick release, size, strength, athleticism, timing, physicality, perimeter defense, a second jump, and a combination of power and finesse rarely see. And if he needs to improve his boxing out, experience and refinement in his offensive skills, that's OK, because he's 19, and that's true of every 19 year old. (Except, maybe, the one below.)
There continues to be a perception amongst NBA fans and media that the centre position is severely undermanned. It is a perception that began in roughly 2002, when the position WAS severely undermanned, yet it is one that persists today, at a time when it clearly isn't. Consider for a minute the starting centres in the NBA at the end of last season (injuries not included);
That's a really strong group. Who are the weak links there? Pachulia, maybe, though he's a platoon with the up and coming John Henson and was only thrust in to the role due to Larry Sanders's abrupt retirement. Bargnani? Certainly, but that will change. Zeller and Len? Also up and coming, also genuinely good. Same with Nurkic. Hill? Maybe. But even he's good. And that list ignores many other quality centres around the league, either out due to injury or relegated only due to the quality of starter ahead of them; Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Miles Plumlee, Chris Kaman, Joel Embiid, Steven Adams, Gorgui Dieng, Meyers Leonard, Miles Plumlee, Alexis Ajinca, Kosta Koufos. Nor does it account for players playing power forward potentially plenty plausible as centres in different situations, and who have been considered such before; Tim Duncan, Greg Monroe, Nene, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Derrick Favors.
To that list, add Towns. To that list, add Okafor. To that list, add Willie Cauley-Stein and add Myles Turner. At a time when we're told that the post position is becoming ever more redundant, it is ever more talented. Dale Davis and Theo Ratliff aren't All-Stars any more. This is 2015, and everyone's got a centre now. Except the Knicks.