Doncic, Young lead NBA Rookie team

Ross Houston
May 23, 2019

The 20-year-old Slovenian finished as one of only four National Basketball Association players (and the only rookie) to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game in 2018-19.

Doncic, who turned 20 in February, averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game this season.

Huerter was voted to the All-Rookie second team after receiving one first-team vote and 43 second-team votes among the panel made of up 100 broadcasters and sportswriters.

The first five picks of the 2018 draft proved predictive regarding the 2019 All-Rookie first team, announced by the National Basketball Association on Tuesday. The former EuroLeague MVP knocked down 168 3-pointers, marking the third-most triples by a rookie in league history.

With Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young leading the way, the top five National Basketball Association draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five National Basketball Association rookies this season. He became the only Maverick to win the Rookie of the Month Award four-plus times in a season and the first player from either conference to sweep the award since Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015-16.

Joining Ice Trae and Halleluka were Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns, who just barely missed a unanimous selection and Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies and Marvin Bagley of the Sacramento Kings. Although both rookies have had truly spectacular first National Basketball Association seasons and are deserving of the only two players in the conversation for Rookie of the Year, this is really a one man race. The other time was the 1984-85 draft class of Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley.

Players were chosen by an worldwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Bagley, the No. 2 pick, received 56 first-team votes and 44 second-team votes. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland's Collin Sexton and New York's Mitchell Robinson. No other rookies received more than 10 points of voting.

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