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2014 PBT Awards: All-Rookie team

Apr 16, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

Tim Hardaway, Mason Plumlee Tim Hardaway, Mason Plumlee

Though none of us have a ballot for the NBA’s official awards, we’ll be presenting our choices and making our cases this week for each major honor.

Kurt Helin

First team

Second team

Putting this list together is just a reminder of what a weak rookie class this was. Antetokounmpo ends up on the second team based on this season but he’ll be the best player out of this class in  three years.

Brett Pollakoff

First team

  • Trey Burke, Utah Jazz
  • Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
  • Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
  • Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets

Second team

  • Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Pero Antic, Atlanta Hawks
  • Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics

Given that there’s no positional requirement for assigning the first or second teams, this is essentially a top-10 list of the most productive rookies this season. It’s fairly random in my opinion once you get past the top four or so, but these were the guys who I thought showed the most promise while producing in flashes.

Dan Feldman

First team

  • Trey Burke, Utah Jazz
  • Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
  • Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
  • Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets

Second team

  • Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Ryan Kelly, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics
  • Nate Wolters, Milwaukee Bucks

My first teamers deserve recognition, but there’s a clear divide to the second team. Quite often, the bottom of the All-Rookie second team doesn’t rate highly. However, filling out this year’s final few spots was especially challenging. In a perfect representation, Dieng did nothing until March 16, but a single strong month was plenty to earn him a second-team spot.

  1. doncorleone17 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    No way, Ben McLemore deserves no team !

  2. padraighansen - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Good to say Nate Wolters get a little pub. Bucks quietly had a good draft last year. Also think OKC hit on a player in Steven Adams.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      To me, Adams seems like a potential long-term starter at the center position. Not a star by any means, but if you can get a starting-quality player out of a draft, it’s a big win, especially when it’s a big man.

      • padraighansen - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Agree. Adams won’t be a star, but he’s going to be a solid contributor on a very good team.

  3. unxpexted1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Might be one of the worst first team rookie squads I’ve seen.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Agreed, and that’s why I don’t want to hear about “snubs” from the All-Rookie squad this year. This was one of the worst rookie classes of the past decade, so if a rookie wasn’t good enough to stake a claim to a spot on the 2nd Team All-Rookie squad, then he wasn’t very good, period.

  4. cruzan80 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Seriously Kurt???? Ben McLemore over Tim Hardaway Jr.???? Do you hate the Knicks THAT much????

    Ben McLemore
    8.5 ppg
    1.0 ast
    2.8 rbs
    31 % 3pt
    37 % fg
    82 % ft
    26 mpg
    7.44 PER

    Tim Hardaway Jr.
    10.1 ppg
    0.8 ast
    1.5 rbs
    36 % 3pt
    42 % fg
    82 % ft
    23 mpg
    12.78 PER

    Ben started 54 games & played more minutes yet he was less productive in almost every single statistical category when compared to Tim. And according to people like Kurt, Tim is the one who plays with a selfish ball hog who can’t make his teammates better.…where fans pose as genuine as unbiased columnist.

  5. jeffcor7 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Cody Zeller put up almost identical stats to the other rookie big men and has posted 9 ppg and 5 boards the last month during a playoff push. He earned a little recognition.

  6. 00maltliquor - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    This has to be by far the worst draft class I’ve ever seen. Only 2, maybe 3 even beling on that all-rookie 1st and 2nd team on a normal year. Nate Wolters and Ryan Kelly should be on everyone’s list though. I would say Dieng too, but he only got his chance once Pek went down way late into the season. Watch out for him though, He just may be a top 3-5 player in this draft a couple years down the road.

  7. moseskkim - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    wheres miles plumlee? hes been solid all year. just because mason started getting a lot of attention at the end..

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Miles Plumlee probably isn’t on any of the lists because he’s not a rookie.

  8. themagicfanguy - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    @moses Miles Plumlee isn’t a rookie.

  9. mnwildfan15 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Don’t sleep on Gorgui Dieng if we actually had a coach that played rookies more he could have came close to ROY.

  10. markdamack - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    No love for Nick Calathes? Just like the starter in his position, under rated.

    • markdamack - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Eh, I should also say I get it, but I thought he played very well in his role. For longer than a month anyway

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