Of the 69 players picked first overall in the NBA draft, there have been 44 All-Stars and, among them, 14 Hall of Famers—plus a bunch of active stars who will one day be enshrined in Springfield. (Sorry, not you, Kwame Brown.) And although it’s true MJ wasn’t picked until No. 3, the list of No. 1 picks still includes names like Kareem, Magic, Shaq, and LeBron. 

What does this all mean for 2015 No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves? Probably that we need to figure out a cool way to shorten his name. 

Whether or not K.A.T. lives up to the expectations of being chosen first, we can already say that he’s one of the most well-rounded No. 1 picks ever, excelling in baseball, golf, and academics (he majored in kinesiology at Kentucky and is still taking classes with the goal of becoming a doctor).

Which isn’t to say the former Kentucky Wildcat likes to brag about the things that separate him from his peers. In person, Towns is as unassuming as the split-level Piscataway, N.J. home in which he grew up. Save for a few trophies in the living room and a blue Maserati out front, Towns comes off like your ordinary American teenager—if you ignore his 7-foot stature.

With so many diverse interests and a career that no longer allows room for modesty, we asked him: What would the first pick pick first in his own life?

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