NBA: Wolves’ Wiggins headlines All-Rookie First Team
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, the NBA Rookie of the Year, headlines the 2014-15 All-Rookie First Team, the league announced Monday. Wiggins was the lone unanimous choice, receiving 130 first-team votes from a panel of sportswrite...
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, the NBA Rookie of the Year, headlines the 2014-15 All-Rookie First Team, the league announced Monday.
Wiggins was the lone unanimous choice, receiving 130 first-team votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
Wiggins is joined on the first team by Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic (128 first-team votes, 258 points), Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel (125 first-team votes, 252 points), Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton (121 first-team votes, 250 points) and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Clarkson (74 first-team votes, 200 points).
The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of the Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (142 points), Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (135 points), Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (107 points), Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic (97 points) and New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway (72 points).
The panel was asked to select five players for each team, regardless of position.
Wiggins averaged a rookie-high 16.9 points, the second-best mark by a first-year player in Minnesota history, behind Christian Laettner’s 18.2 points in 1992-93.
Wiggins appeared in all 82 games and ranked fourth in the NBA with a rookie-leading 36.2 minutes, the highest average ever by a Timberwolves rookie. Wiggins is the first Canadian-born winner of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Mirotic also appeared in all 82 games, averaging 10.2 points in 20.2 minutes.
Noel led all rookies in rebounding (8.1 per game), steals (1.77, 10th in the NBA) and blocks (1.89, seventh in the league). He was the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in both steals and blocks.
Payton was the rookie leader in assists (6.5) and Clarkson averaged 16.7 points in 28 games after the All-Star break.