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NBA Rookies: NBA Rookie Watch


| NBA Rookie Watch

NBA ROOKIESNBA rookies are players that are in their first season as an active NBA player. If a player gets drafted, but then plays overseas, or isn't actually signed to an NBA contract, or for whatever reason does not actually play in the NBA regular season, they aren't an NBA rookie yet. Or to put it simpler -- and probably the only thing that needed to be said - NBA rookies are first-year NBA players. They're freshmen. They're new to the NBA level. And generally quite young. So most NBA rookies tend to struggle, and only a select few have a real impact on their team.

Most NBA rookies tend to sit on the bench and watch the action. A handful are in a team's rotation, coming off the bench. And select few NBA rookies start. And in an NBA Rookie Watch, to monitor candidates the NBA Rookie of the Year award, really, it's all about opportunity. Rookies that play big minutes, usually on a bad team, often rise up in the NBA Rookie Watch. Whether they've earned those minutes, or handed them thanks to an empty roster, NBA rookies that spend a lot of time on the court tend to rise high in the NBA Rookie Watch, even if they're not particularly great players yet.

As for 2015-16, here's how the league rookies wound up performing:

NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks have been unanimously selected to the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today. Both players received all 130 First Team votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

Joining Towns and Porzingis on the First Team are the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker (103 First Team votes, 231 points), the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (73 First Team votes, 186 points) and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor (71 First Team votes, 186 points).

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of the Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow (151 points, 44 First Team votes), the Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell (142 points, 25 First Team votes), the Nuggets’ Emmanuel Mudiay (140 points, 35 First Team votes), the Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (139 points, 28 First Team votes) and the Sacramento Kings’ Willie Cauley-Stein (50 points, two First Team votes).

Towns, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, led all rookies in scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg, eighth in the NBA) and ranked second in blocks (1.68 bpg, 10th in the NBA) – making him the league’s only player to reach those averages in the three categories. The unanimous Kia NBA Rookie of the Year also ranked third in the league in double-doubles (51) and eighth in field goal percentage (54.2). Towns, one of six NBA players to start all 82 games, won all six Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards.


2015-16 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
 
Player                                    Team             First (2 Pts)     Second (1 Pt)   Total
Karl-Anthony Towns                        Minnesota        130                  -             260
Kristaps Porzingis                        New York         130                  -             260     
Devin Booker                              Phoenix          103                  25            231
Nikola Jokic                              Denver            73                  40            186
Jahlil Okafor                             Philadelphia      71                  44            186
                                                        
2015-16 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
 
Player                                    Team              First (2 Pts)     Second (1 Pt)   Total
Justise Winslow                           Miami             44                    63          151     
D’Angelo Russell                          L.A. Lakers       25                    92          142
Emmanuel Mudiay                           Denver            35                    70          140
Myles Turner                              Indiana           28                    83          139
Willie Cauley-Stein                       Sacramento         2                    46           50

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first-place votes in parentheses): Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte, 47 (2); Josh Richardson, Miami, 47 (4); Stanley Johnson, Detroit, 42 (1); Trey Lyles, Utah, 26; Bobby Portis, Chicago, 13; T.J. McConnell, Philadelphia, 2 (7); Mario Hezonja, Orlando, 4; Larry Nance Jr., Los Angeles Lakers, 3; Norman Powell, Toronto, 3; Justin Anderson, Dallas, 2; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn, 2; Boban Marjanovic, San Antonio, 2; Jonathon Simmons, San Antonio, 2; Jerian Grant, New York, 1; Marcelo Huertas, Los Angeles Lakers, 1; Raul Neto, Utah, 1; Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City, 1; Joe Young, Indiana, 1.







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