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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.

The following NBA rookie news was announced on May 22, 2014:

The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams, the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year, headlines the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today.

Carter-Williams was the lone unanimous First Team selection (250 points, 125 First Team votes), while the Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo narrowly missed a perfect ballot (248 points, 124 First Team votes). Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz (230 points, 108 First Team votes), Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets (214 points, 95 First Team votes) and the New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. (204 points, 87 First Team votes) complete the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

The voting panel consisted of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.

Carter-Williams, the 11th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.86 spg. He joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists, and was named Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors in October/November, January, March and April. He tallied 17 double-doubles and two triple-doubles on the season, while scoring at least 20 points in 25 contests.

Oladipo averaged 13.8 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 apg and 1.6 spg in his rookie campaign. He tallied double-figure scoring efforts in 62 games and posted one triple-double. Burke averaged 12.8 ppg, 5.7 apg and 3.0 rpg. He had 12 games with 20 or more points, and handed out 10 or more assists seven times.

Plumlee averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.4 apg for the Nets. Following the All-Star break, he posted 13 games with 10 or more points and eight games with eight or more rebounds. Hardaway Jr. averaged 10.2 ppg and shot .363 from distance. He posted double-digit scoring games 40 times even though he came off the bench in all but one of the 81 games he appeared in.

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of the Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk (119 points, 19 First Team votes), the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (116 points, 15 First Team votes), the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng (96 points, 21 First Team votes), the Charlotte Hornets’ Cody Zeller (67 points, three First Team votes), and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (65 points, nine First Team votes).


Player Team First Place Votes (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total Votes
Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia 125 - 250
Victor Oladipo Orlando 124 - 248
Trey Burke Utah 108 14 230
Mason Plumlee Brooklyn 95 24 214
Tim Hardaway Jr. New York 87 30 204


Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Kelly Olynyk Boston 19 81 119
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee 15 86 116
Gorgui Dieng Minnesota 21 54 96
Cody Zeller Charlotte 3 61 67
Steven Adams Oklahoma City 9 47 65

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses):

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.

The 2013-14 season was pretty weak in the rookie department. But several of the players above have clear potential to improve in the future. Which is always the case when looking at an entire rookie class. But in this year's case, it was especially needed, as the season was a down year for new players.

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