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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

Point guards Irving, Rubio lead NBA All-Rookie team


The NBA is evolving into more of a point-guard league — if you can’t touch a quick ball handler on the perimeter they are going to carve up any defense. With the rules enforced as they are, Tony Parker can’t guard Tony Parker.

So no shock that the two guys on top of the NBA All-Rookie Team are two point guards who helped transform their team’s offenses — Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio.

The full lists are below. There are seven guys on the first team because three players — Iman Shumpert, Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Knight — all tied with 40 points. So they all make the first team. It’s like U8 soccer, everybody gets a medal.

I have a few beefs with the voting (done by head coaches, or whichever staff person they pawn the job off on) although nothing major because I can’t get that worked up about this award. Still, how does Kawhi Leonard get the same vote total as Brandon Knight? Shumpert is only in that tie because he played for the Knicks, good defender but second team guy here.  Klay Thompson came on late and got recognition, but so did Isaiah Thomas in Sacramento, just nobody noticed.

First Team (points in parenthesis):

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland (58)
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota (49)
Kenneth Faried, Denver (46)
Klay Thompson, Golden State (43)
Iman Shumpert, New York (40)
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio (40)
Brandon Knight, Detroit (40)

Second Team (pints in parenthesis)

Chandler Parsons, Houston (33)
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento (27)
MarShon Brooks, New Jersey (18)
Derrick Williams, Minnesota (16)
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland (16)

Other players receiving votes, with point totals: Markieff Morris, Phoenix, 7; Kemba Walker, Charlotte 7; Alec Burks, Utah 2; Norris Cole, Miami 2; Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter, Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma, Boston 1; Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans 1; Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 1.

Griffin, Wall headline NBA’s All-Rookie team (as expected)

Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

Usually my gut reaction is to just shred the voters when the NBA’s annual awards are announced. Because there always are some loopy choices.

Except, with the All-Rookie teams announced Wednesday, I don’t hate it. First, so what we know we are talking about, here is your NBA All-Rookie first team:

Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
John Wall, Washington
Landry Fields, New York
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
Gary Neal, San Antonio

While we’re at it, here’s the NBA All-Rookie second team:

Greg Monroe, Detroit
Wesley Johnson, Minnesota
Eric Bledsoe, L.A. Clippers
Derrick Favors, Utah
Paul George, Indiana

I don’t hate it, not even as we move down the list of guys who didn’t make the cut. I’d really like to know who voted Omer Asik of the Bulls on the All-Rookie first team, but that’s back to our always-bothersome transparency issue.

You can make an argument that Monroe deserved to be on the first team and would have been if voters could have actually stomached watching more Pistons games. But I’m good with Cousins being your center on that first lineup and saying he had a better year than Monroe. As with all things Detroit, blame coach John Kuester for this problem. If you ant to put Monroe on the first team for Neal (and forget positioning), that makes sense to me, but either way I’m not that troubled.

NBA All-Rookie team announced, looks like a Don Nelson lineup

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2009: The draft of the point guard.

You need no more proof than to look at the NBA All-Rookie Team, which was announced today by the league.

The First Team:
Tyreke Evans Sacramento
Brandon Jennings Milwaukee
Stephen Curry Golden State
Darren Collison New Orleans
Taj Gibson Chicago

Four point guards? That’s a lineup Don Nelson would be proud to put out.

The Second Team:
Marcus Thornton New Orleans
DeJuan Blair San Antonio
James Harden Oklahoma City
Jonny Flynn Minnesota
Jonas Jerebko Detroit

This is not even including some good young guards like Wesley Matthews (Utah), Ty Lawson (Denver) or Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia). We’d also mention Rodrigue Beaubois of Dallas, but Rick Carlisle has benched him for the remainder of this post.

Remember when this was going to be a down class, a weak draft year? Not so much.