The All-Rookie teams are selected by a panel of the 30 NBA Head Coaches who are to select five players for the first and second team regardless of the position they play. Coaches are not to vote for players in their own teams.
The sum of points from the 2 given to a first team selection and 1 for the second team are totaled per player. Players with the top 5 highest points make the first team and those from numbers six to ten are then the second team.
Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazer received all 29 possible first team picks (minus his own coach) finishing with the top score of 58 points. To think 5 other teams passed on Lillard after being drafted in 6th in the 2012 Draft. After winning all the Rookie of the Month awards this season it was only fitting for his position in the All-Rookie team is cemented with yet another clean sweep. Hopefully he can help the Blazer, with the help of forward LaMarcus Aldridge, to a playoff berth next season.
Tied at 57 points for second and third place were Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal and New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. Beal was a big part of the Wizards resurgence when 2010 1st Draft Pick, John Wall got back from injury later in the season. That was until he himself got injured near the end of the season. Beal finished the season with averages of 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. After struggling with injuries to start the season, Davis got into a good groove after the All-Star weekend. He finished the season with averages of 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in 64 games of play.
Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters scored 50 points for fourth place. Waiters did well to make a name for him playing along the 2012 Rookie of the Year in a team that was deep in youth and inexperience; he had 81 regular season starts, second amongst Rookies only to Lillard. Waiters finished with averages of 14.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals. In the final spot with 47 points was Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors finishing with averages of 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The small forward is the only member of those in both the first and second Rookie teams whose team made it into the playoffs.
Making the second team was Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons, Jonas Valanciunas from the Toronto Raptors, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, Kyle Singler from the Detroit Pistons and Tyler Zeller of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Written And Compiled By: Lebuhang Ramollo (@RA_Mollo)
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