Often when picking the NBA Rookie teams (we at PBT showed what our ballots would look like), you’re scrambling to find guys who fill out the second team and weren’t terrible. The picking can be slim, the dregs if you will.
Not this year — it ended up being a deep rookie class. Obviously, stars such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis were in, but this year the second team could turn out to have some future All-Stars.
Here are the teams (with their vote totals in parenthesis, 260 is the max), as voted on by 130 selected media members:
Other players receiving votes:
Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte, 47; Josh Richardson, Miami, 47; Stanley Johnson, Detroit, 42; Trey Lyles, Utah, 26; Bobby Portis, Chicago, 13; T.J. McConnell, Philadelphia 7; Mario Hezonja, Orlando, 4; Larry Nance Jr., Los Angeles Lakers, 3; Norman Powell, Toronto, 3; Justin Anderson, Dallas, 2; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn, 2; Boban Marjanovic, San Antonio, 2; Jonathon Simmons, San Antonio, 2; Jerian Grant, New York, 1; Marcelo Huertas, Los Angeles Lakers, 1; Raul Neto, Utah, 1; Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City, 1; Joe Young, Indiana, 1.
Yes, Marcelo Huertas got a vote as a 32-year-old rookie (from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report).