NBA All-Rookie Team Analysis: Wait, what, why?

Irving received all but three of 120 first-place votes. (Getty Images)


The NBA Tuesday announced the 2012 NBA All-Rookie Team. The results from ye old presser: 

PlayerTeamFirst (2 pt)Second (1Pt)Total
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers 29 - 58
Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves 21 7 49
Kenneth Faried Denver Nuggets 19 8 46
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 16 11 43
Iman Shumpert New York Knicks 15 10 40
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 14 12 40
Brandon Knight Detroit Pistons 13 14 40

Well, first off, if these guys try to put seven guys on the floor together for a team, I'm fairly certain the officials will have an issue with that (obviously the final three guys tied). 

Second, well at least there was no glaring omission here. Yup. A good solid list of... wait, what?


Quick question, where's Isaiah Thomas , exactly?

Thomas averaged 16 points and 6 assists per 36 minutes over the course of the season, but averaged 18 points and 7 assists after the All-Star break, on 47 percent shooting, with a 60 percent true shooting mark. He won Rookie of the Month, twice in the last three months.

The Sacramento Kings were watchable with him at point guard.

So, yeah, maybe not the 7th-place finish he wound up with for that.

Brandon Knight's the big problem there. Knight played well and is going to be a quality point guard in this league for years. But to put him above Thomas shows a blatant lack of attention to what actually went on in the games. Shocking, I know. A video assistant failed to adequately rank a rookie picked 60th in the NBA draft? Crazy.

Shumper's appearance here is also suspect. Shumpert showed enough for New York fans to build a cult around him, but then, they do that for pretty much anyone who isn't terrible. Thomas' defense doesn't come close to Shumpert for long stretches. Thomas would take over the game and do it efficiently, without turnovers. That should carry him over the Knickerbocker.

Alas, here's Thomas, in the second team rankings.

 
PlayerTeamFirst (2 pt)Second (1Pt)Total
Chandler Parsons Houston Rockets 10 13 33
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento 5 17 27
MarShon Brooks Brooklyn Nets 3 12
Derrick Williams Minnesota 2 12 16
Tristan Thompson Cleveland 2 12 16


The voters weren't completely nuts, as Chandler Parsons gets some votes. Again, more than Thomas, which makes no sense, but at least some. Tristan Thompson is probably too high on this list, but he's going to work out fine long-term. Here are the rest of the votes.

Markieff Morris , Phoenix Suns , 7 (1); Kemba Walker , Charlotte Hornets 7; Alec Burks ,
Utah Jazz 2; Norris Cole , Miami Heat 2; Bismack Biyombo , Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter ,
Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma , Boston Celtics 1; Gustavo Ayon , New Orleans Pelicans 1; Nikola
Vucevic, Philadelphia 76ers 1. 

Morris deserved to be higher, Biombo as well, and Ayon. Kanter, Stiemsma, and Vucevic tying is pretty much the most appropriate thing possible.
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