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Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto.

So picking the NBA All-Rookie Teams was not going to be that simple for the coaches… and they did a pretty good job. There are no horrific errors. We could quibble about the bottom of the second team, that the coaches seemed to feel the need to vote by position, but it’s not terrible.

Here are the guys that made the All-Rookie squad (remember that unlike the other All-NBA teams, positions are not accounted for with the rookies).

FIRST TEAM:

Damian Lillard (Portland)
Bradley Beal (Washington)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State)

SECOND TEAM

Andre Drummond (Detroit)
Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte)
Kyle Singler (Detroit)
Tyler Zeller (Cleveland)

Other players receiving votes, with point totals:

Maurice Harkless, Orlando, 14; Alexey Shved, Minnesota, 14; Chris Copeland, New York, 9; Brian Roberts, New Orleans, 5; Andrew Nicholson, Orlando, 4; Jae Crowder, Dallas, 1; Festus Ezeli, Golden State, 1; Draymond Green, Golden State, 1; John Jenkins, Atlanta, 1; Terrence Jones, Houston, 1; Pablo Prigioni, New York, 1; Terrence Ross, Toronto, 1; Jeff Taylor, Charlotte, 1.

Somebody must love Jenkins, he got one Rookie of the Year vote and one for this. Personally, I’d have Shved, Copeland and most certainly Nicholson ahead of Zeller. And frankly likely Singler, too.

Top draft picks not to make this list: Thomas Robinson (the No. 5 pick who showed some promise late in the season and deserved a vote more than a few of these guys), Toronto’s Terrance Ross got one vote, and No. 10 draft pick Austin Rivers got none (and deserved none).

  1. ochotrinko - May 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Jared Sullinger had a nice little run before getting hurt. I guess he missed too much time to receive ANY votes, but he’s a player to watch going forward.

  2. anhdazman - May 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Warrior fans got to feel great about last year’s draft where we bagged Barnes, Ezeli and Green.
    Lord knows we’ve been one of the worst drafting teams forever!

    • dondada10 - May 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Curry and Thompson ended up being great picks.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - May 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Pablo deserved more than what he got, considering his insertion into the starting lineup over the final month and a half of the season is why the Knicks finished 19-2 when he started.

  4. erckle31 - May 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Of all the players who should have stayed in college longer, Austin Rivers probably needed it the most. Not too sure about his future in the league…

    • jackntorres - May 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Actually he made great strides from the beginning of the season until the end. He’s a solid defender and won’t be leaving the league any time soon.

  5. unxpexted1 - May 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I think Prigioni and Alexi Schved should have got more votes. I know people dont watch MN that much but that lil Russion Scvhed BALLS!! He’s like a more athletic rubio

    • albertmn - May 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Schved played well but faded a little down the stretch, which probably hurt in as far as getting votes. I believe he will be even better next season.

  6. padraighansen - May 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Am I missing something….Jon Henson wasn’t mentioned at all? When he was put in the rotation, he actually showed a ton of promise.

    • jkiddingme - May 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Just stop. Hes built like a Rahmen noodle

  7. adzs - May 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Glad no one voted for Austin Rivers lol

  8. themagicfanguy - May 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Shved, Nicholson, Pablo, and Harkless are all more deserving than either Zeller or Singler.

  9. saint1997 - May 15, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Ross and Harkless were ROBBED

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