This year’s top two NBA Rookie of the Year vote winners, Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, were two unanimous selections for the All-Rookie First Team. of this year.
The NBA announced both rookie teams ahead of Game 6 Thursday night between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Ball, who won the Rookie of the Year award, and Edwards, who finished second, were among the four players who were named to the first or second team on the 99 ballots sent by the global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who voted in all. the league’s annual postseason awards.
Ball, the third overall pick in the 2020 draft, who averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 assists per game, won three Eastern Conference rookie of the month awards, while Edwards, the top pick in last year’s draft, averaged 19.3 points per game. among rookies, and he won the Western Conference version of the award each of the last three months of the year.
The other two were Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton, who got a second team vote, and Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey, who received 63 first-team votes and 36 second-team selections. Rounding out the first team was Houston Rockets point guard Jae’Sean Tate, an undrafted free agent who assumed a starting role with the Rockets this season.
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2020-21 NBA All-Rookie First and Second Teams: pic.twitter.com/iD6C6DHoFS
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The second team is made up of a quintet of first-round selections: New York Knicks point guard Immanuel Quickley, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Desmond Bane, Pistons center Isaiah Stewart, Cleveland Cavaliers forward , Isaac Okoro, and Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams.
Thursday night’s announcement culminates the series of individual NBA awards given each offseason. The League has reverted to its traditional format of announcing each of them during the Playoffs on different nights, as opposed to the end-of-season awards show that things had changed to as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. .
In addition to the All-Rookie, All-Defensive and All-NBA teams, all of which were announced this week, the NBA has presented its six top individual awards: Most Valuable Player (Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic); Defensive Player of the Year (Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert); Sixth Man of the Year (Utah Jazz point guard Jordan Clarkson); Coach of the Year (Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau); Most Improved Player (Knicks forward Julius Randle); and Rookie of the Year (Ball).