Every year, the NBA recognizes their young talent. The league selects the top rookies of the season and form the NBA All-Rookie teams. The All-Rookie teams consist of two teams, the first team and second team. Each year, the All-Rookie teams feature great talent. This year is no exception.
This year’s NBA All-Rookie teams features a group of young players with bright futures. The All-Rookie First team features three players that are finalists for the Rookie of the Year award. The All-Rookie First team includes the top five picks of the 2018 NBA Draft. The first team features: DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson Jr., Luka Doncic and Trae Young. DeAndre Ayton was the first pick of this year’s draft. Bagley was the second pick, Doncic was the third pick, Jackson Jr. was the fourth and Young was fifth.
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Ayton, Doncic and Young had impressive rookie years. In fact, they are the finalists for Rookie of the Year. Doncic finished the season averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Young averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 assists. Ayton averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. The three rookies were impressive and earned Rookie of the Year nominations. So, one of them will receive the award in June.
The three finalists and their fellow All-Rookie team members played well, but they were not the only ones. The All-Rookie Second team features an exceptional group. The second team consists of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, Landry Shamet, Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Huerter.
The All-Rookie teams feature well-deserving players. The five players of the first team had solid seasons and members of the second team also contributed to their teams.
The players selected to the teams made impacts on their teams in their rookie season and will likely do so in the future.
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