Andrew Wiggins named to All-Rookie 1st Team, LaVine earns 2nd Team honors
It was announced today that Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine were selected as members of the NBA’s All Rookie team, along with 8 other rookies.
Wiggins, who was named the NBA’s rookie of the year, was unsurprisingly named to the 1st team unanimously, the only rookie to earn a unanimous vote. LaVine, who was named to the 2nd team, finished 7th among all rookies in voting.
Here is the voting breakdown:
While Wiggins’ selection was more or less guaranteed, it’s still fun to look back at his rookie year, best explained by our own William Bohl after he was named the NBA’s top rookie. Not only did he lead all rookies in scoring for the majority of the year, he did it with noticeable degree of improvement in his assertiveness, aggressiveness, and consistency as the year pressed on.
Like most rookies not named Wiggins, Payton, Noel or Mirotic, LaVine didn’t really hit his stride until the final month and a half of the season. But when he did, his numbers boomed, averaging 15.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 4.9 apg in March and April.
Still, his season-long numbers ended up better than most likely expected. He shot the ball well, averaging 10.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.6 apg in 77 games (40 starts), shooting 42.2% from the field, 34.1% from three-point range and 84.2% from the from throw stripe.
According to Timberwolves PR, Wiggins joins Pooh Richardson, Christian Laettner, Isaiah Rider, Stephon Marbury, Wally Szczerbiak, Randy Foye and Ricky Rubio as Wolves rookies to earn All-Rookie First Team honors.
LaVine joins Felton Spencer, Kevin Garnett, Craig Smith, Kevin Love, Jonny Flynn, Wes Johnson, Derrick Williams and Gorgui Dieng as Wolves rookies to earn All-Rookie Second Team honors.
Congratulations to Wiggins, LaVine, and the rest of the NBA’s All Rookie class.