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NBA announces all-rookie 1st and 2nd teams: see who made the cut

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Utah's Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections for the first team squad — receiving all 100 first-place votes from a panel of various media members.


Kahron Spearman


The NBA announced its All-Rookie teams, and Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Utah's Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections for the first team squad receiving all 100 first-place votes from a panel of various media members. 

 

Boston's Jayson Tatum made the first team, falling a single vote short of getting in unanimously. The trio represents the finalists' list for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.

(On Jayson Tatum) He's had an unbelievable rookie year. I know that any awards that come his way is well-deserving.

Brad Stevens
Head coach, Boston Celtics

Surprisingly, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (93 first-team votes) and Chicago sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen (76 votes) fill the remainder of the first team.

 

"This is one of the best draft classes in the past 10-15 years, or they say since '03," Kuzma said. "Just a credit to the level of talent that has come into this league and really took it by storm and everything."

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks forward/center John Collins, Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson and Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., per the league.

 

Already a stat sheet filler, the negatives around Ball centered on his jump shot, and will likely take the biggest leap out of the player in the second team, should he locate consistency from the outside.

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