Right now? The brow, no question.
I mean... I'm not big into advanced stats so I'm sure someone can give me a clear reason why Davis is obviously better... but I have to admit I genuinely don't know what that reason is.
Forget about long-term, where it seems Towns has a chance to be significantly better than Davis (Towns rookie stats are significantly better than Davis rookie stats)...
Explain to me why Davis is obviously better right now.
Davis Per-36 this season: 23.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.4 blocks with 49%/29%/76% shooting.
Towns Per-36 this season: 19.9 points, 12 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 2.2 blocks, 54%/39%/85%
Thing is, Towns is improving daily. His role is also different than Davis. Seems to me, Towns might be a better rebounder already and has the capacity to be a better offensive player already given his shooting range. Also... both teams are garbage. Wolves have 16 wins. Pelicans have 18 wins.
Regardless, if Towns follows the path of most star prospects, he's going to make a dramatic leap from year 1 to year 2. It's freaky that in year 1, he already looks like he might be close to what Davis is in year 4.
We're still learning what both of these guys can be, but obviously the rookie can show dramatic improvement over the next few years. Here's a look at them both over their most recent 10 games:
Davis past 10 games: 25.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.1 blocks with 52%/33%/74% shooting in 35.8mpg (+/- of -2.4)
Towns past 10 games: 21.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.2 blocks, 60%/43%/85% in 34.2mpg (+/- of +0.9)