2017 NBA All-Rookie Teams Announced

The NBA announced its 2017 NBA All-Rookie and All-Defensive Teams today, and for the first time in awhile, I am having a hard time finding holes in their choices. Many times you can look at a list and say “How did (blank) get left off?!” Not here. Let’s take a look at both teams.

First Team:

 

While some of the lottery names may be on the second team, I don’t have any real complaint about anyone who made the first team. I could see Murray and Hield maybe flip flopping, but Hield did edge Murray in points per game and field goal percentage.

Two Sixers in the draft just reminds Philly fans to continue to Trust the Process. I think Joel Embiid convinced everyone he is for real, if he can remain healthy. And Saric was worth the wait. They could see two more first teamers this time next year in Fultz and Simmons.

Malcolm Brogdon had a solid season for Milwaukee. In typical Virginia Cavalier fashion, he averaged 10 points, 4 assists and a steal per game.

Willy Henangomez may surprise some here, but for sad Knicks fans like myself, he was a lone bright spot this season. Hernangomez averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play per game. He was an efficient finisher and showed his potential as a rookie.

Second Team: 

This list is not too surprising either. 4 of the 5 players were Top 10 picks in this past draft. The biggest surprise is Yogi Ferrell, who after being cut by the Nets after a 10 day contract, was signed by Dallas and averaged 10 points per game. His season high was 32 in a win versus Portland.

Ingram showed enough potential in LA for the Lakers to make him off limits in any trade for Paul George. In his first year, Ingram averaged 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, showing his ability to stuff the stat sheet.

After having two lottery picks last season, it was Marquese Chriss who shined most for Phoenix last season as a rookie. Chriss saw action in all 82 games and was good for 9 points in 21 minutes per game. He is clearly a part of the young nucleus forming in Phoenix.

Jamal Murray could very well make his case for a First Team selection. He took his elite shot to Denver and was good for 33% from deep last year. He scored 15+ in 18 games this season, including 8 games of 20 or more. He no doubt looks like a high level scorer in this league.

Jaylen Brown’s numbers don’t jump off the page, but playing for the East’s best regular season team, he was able to contribute in his freshman campaign. Brown averaged a modest 6.6 points per game, but showed the ability to score in bunches on the veteran led Celtics club.

Almost all the NBA awards have been announced, just a few more before we can wipe the slate clean and put the season to bed completely. Have any thoughts on these All-Rookie Teams? Feel like someone got left off? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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