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the Twin Cities

Best Timberwolves Player

Karl-Anthony Towns

Since the departure of famed running back/child abuser Adrian Peterson, Minnesota is without a true superstar in men’s pro sports. But within the rather empty confines of the Target Center is a superstar-in-waiting: Karl-Anthony Towns. In just his second season, Towns appears destined to become one of the best players in the NBA. In a game embodied by freaks of nature, he’s among the rarest of mutants: the seven-footer who can drive, handle the ball, rebound, bomb from beyond the arc, and score inside with masculine esprit. His defense could still use some work, as might be expected from a 21-year-old. But if his development keeps pace, Towns promises to deliver the previously unthinkable: a hometown basketball team that’s must-see TV.

Readers’ Choice: Karl-Anthony Towns

Best Coach Brady Starkey

Best College Athlete Kelly Pannek

Best Columnist Lee Schafer

Best Commercial Kinetico Water Softeners

Best Construction Project Vintage on Selby

Best Dressed Emily Eaton

Best Hipster Trend The Discovery of the Razor

Best instagram @exploreminnesota

Best Landmark Turnblad Mansion

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Parking Lot Victory Ramp

Best Place to People-Watch First Avenue's Halloween Dance Party

Best Podcast In the Dark

Best Politician Gov. Mark Dayton

Best Radio Personality Matt McNeil

Best Radio Station MPR News

Best Road Ayd Mill Road

Best Sign of Spring Kids Flocking to Como Park Zoo

Best Sports Fan Obadiah Gamble

Best Sports Highlight Gwen Jorgensen

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Cory Cove

Best Sports Team Gophers women's hockey team

Best Sports Writer Michael Russo

Best Sportscaster Tom Reid

Best Star in the Making Halima Aden

Best Suburb South St. Paul

Best TV Newsperson Jana Shortal

Best TV Station TPT

Best Tweeter Kyle Matteson (@solace)

Best Twins Player Brian Dozier

Best Vikings Player Linval Joseph

Best Viral Video Grow Food by Appetite for Change

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Attempting the Zipper Merge

Best Website Streets.MN

Best Wild Player Mikael Granlund