Andrew Wiggins (who won Rookie of the Year), Nikola Mirotic, Nerlens Noel and Elfrid Payton were presumed All-Rookie first-team locks.
It seemed the final spot would come down to Jordan Clarkson and Marcus Smart – and the Lakers guard won out.
All-Rookie first team (first votes-second votes-points)
- Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota (130-0-260)
- Nikola Mirotic, Chicago (128-2-258)
- Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia (125-2-252)
- Elfrid Payton, Orlando (121-8-250)
- Jordan Clarkson, L.A. Lakers (74-52-200)
All-Rookie second team (first votes-second votes-points)
- Marcus Smart, Boston (28-86-142)
- Zach LaVine, Minnesota (22-91-135)
- Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn (7-93-107)
- Jusuf Nurkic, Denver (3-91-97)
- Langston Galloway, New York (7-58-72)
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first-place votes in parentheses):
Rodney Hood, Utah, 54 (1); Tarik Black, L.A. Lakers, 28; K.J. McDaniels, Houston, 20; Dante Exum, Utah, 17 (3); Jabari Parker, Milwaukee, 13; Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City, 9; Aaron Gordon, Orlando, 5 (1); Spencer Dinwiddie, Detroit, 4; Jerami Grant, Philadelphia, 4; Kostas Papanikolaou, Houston, 4; T.J. Warren, Phoenix, 4; Damjan Rudez, Indiana, 3; Tyler Ennis, Milwaukee, 2; Joe Ingles, Utah, 2; JaKarr Sampson, Philadelphia, 2; James Ennis, Miami, 1; Cory Jefferson, Brooklyn, 1; Tyler Johnson, Miami, 1; Shabazz Napier, Miami, 1; Nik Stauskas, Sacramento, 1; James Young, Boston, 1
Overall, the teams are pretty spot on, and the top vote-getters after the second team are deserving of strong consideration.
But get further down the list of players who got votes? Someone has to explain to me how anyone could consider many of these players a top-10 rookie. Strangely, a quick glance of the voting breakdown shows few examples of homerism in these outliers.