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Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo lead NBA All-Rookie team

May 22, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

Michael Carter-Williams AP

This wasn’t a great rookie class.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s acknowledge the guys who had the best rookie seasons — the NBA has announced its All-Rookie teams (as voted on by 125 media members). Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and runner-up Victor Oladipo were the leading vote getters, not surprisingly.

These guys may not be future All-Stars but the guys who made the cut look to be solid NBA rotation players for their teams for years to come. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the one guy who could prove that last sentence wrong, the Bucks forward may be the best player out of this class in three years and his ceiling is almost as high as he can leap.

Here is the list:

NBA All-Rookie First Team (Team and points)

Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia) 250
Victor Oladipo (Orlando) 248
Trey Burke (Utah) 230
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn) 214
Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York) 204

NBA All-Rookie Second Team (Team and points)

Kelly Olynyk (Boston) 119
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) 116
Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota) 96
Cody Zeller (Charlotte) 67
Steven Adams (Oklahoma City) 65

Others receiving votes: Ben McLemore, Sacramento, 63 (4); Pero Antic, Atlanta, 62 (10); Nick Calathes Memphis, 39 (2); Ryan Kelly, L.A. Lakers, 29; Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland, 20 (3); Nate Wolters, Milwaukee, 20; Ray McCallum, Sacramento, 8; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit, 6; Hollis Thompson, Philadelphia, 5; Tony Snell, Chicago, 4; Phil Pressey, Boston, 2; Anthony Bennett, Cleveland, 1; Reggie Bullock, L.A. Clippers, 1; Robert Covington, Houston, 1; Alex Len, Phoenix, 1; C.J. McCollum, Portland, 1; Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota, 1; Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City, 1; Jeff Withey, New Orleans, 1.

Yes, Anthony Bennett got a second team vote, that came from Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News. Ask him, I don’t know.

  1. sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    MCW took off out of the gates in a flash when the season first began and he played well overall.

    He deserved to be the rookie of the year.

    Due to how well MCW began the year, to most the rookie of the year had already been sewn up by him.

    Victor Oladipo came on steadily as the year progressed and actually played more total min’s on the court than MCW and had was ahead of him in a few stats like FG%, 3 pt FG%.

    Again, MCW was the clear rookie of the year but I’d take Victor’s future over MCW’s…

  2. matthewatrombley - May 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    This is not a team, this is a list. Teams have players who play at positions. These are two lists, one of four backcourt guys and a big, one of one swing and four bigs. This would be a very sloppy mess of a game. It’s time the NBA goes back to the old way of actually naming teams. It’s OBVIOUSLY a lot easier to find quality guards in the draft and the league in general. These “teams” should reflect that.

    • money2long - May 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Street ball.

      • matthewatrombley - May 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Neat words. If only they applied here.

      • money2long - May 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        They are not playing in a game. So your anger toward the list doesn’t apply.

    • antaresrex - May 22, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      The league has, to my knowledge, never named its rookie teams by position – probably because the pool of available players is so limited. The all-league and all-league defensive teams don’t have that problem.

      • antaresrex - May 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Add: Which is why the all-league teams are selected by position, and the rookie teams aren’t.

      • matthewatrombley - May 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        They did until just a few years ago.

      • matthewatrombley - May 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        I guess not, my bad. I must have been thinking of someone else. Regardless, they should not be called “teams”, but “lists” or “top 5”, unless they choose them according to their positions.

  3. misremembered72 - May 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Michael Carter Williams and Victor Oladipo will only amount to NBA rotation players, huh. Who’s going to win the ncaa tournament next year? I wanna make sure I get in my bet early

  4. phillysports1 - May 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    You’ll take Oladipo future over MCW ? Are you a physic ?

    • denverhoopdreams - May 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Wait, wut? A physic? LL

      • matthewatrombley - May 22, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Yeah, what is a physic? And, if he means “psychic”, then how does that even apply? I agree that Oladipo will be a better long term pro than MCW.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        A physic is some idiot like that pea brain Cantonbound who keeps his head up his a$$.

  5. golfrangeman - May 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Mitch Lawrence should be fired

  6. mvp43 - May 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    When Wiggins or Parker join The Greek Freak and Brandon Knight……… Milwaukee will be a good team.

    • 00maltliquor - May 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      You could have left Brandon Knight out of it and inserted in John Henson.

  7. pdub923 - May 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Why does media vote on all of these things and not the players and coaches? In an interview a few years ago, Bill Russell said his MVP meant so much to him because it was voted by his peers. Why the change? The media will always pick the players that sell.

    • pdub923 - May 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Does anyone actually know the reason for the switch? I know it has been this way for a long time, but just curious.

  8. ranfan12 - May 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    “Others receiving votes:… Anthony Bennett ”

    Revoke their voting privilege

    • bougin89 - May 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM


  9. rrhoe - May 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I am really hoping that Anthony Bennett shows up in shape and ready to put in work next season. There has to something to this guy,there just has to,doesn’t it??

  10. dcbassguy - May 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    What happened this year, that would make anyone think that MCW does not have the potential to be a future star? He was the only offense on a bad team (always the focus of the opposing D) and still had solid numbers. Yes, he was the focus of the offense, and had piles of minutes, but after watching how bad the rest of the team was, the fact that he was productive at all is impressive.

    To be honest, his D is just as good as his work on offense. He has defensive instincts that can’t be taught.

    How many other rookies ever led as many statistical categories as he did this year?

  11. 1509lucky - May 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Oladipo is the only player in that group that I see Stardom for. The rest,not so much.

  12. phillysports1 - May 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Psychic * lol sorry didn’t even notice

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      No worries. You’re from Philly.

  13. phillytruth - May 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Trade MCW now while his value is the highest, he can’t shoot and has a slow first step.I agree a solid reserve is his future. He will come off the bench for defensive reasons with his 6’6″ frame.Hinkie will do what he does best and trade while MCW value is highest. Probably for a top 8 pick.

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