Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon and Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric were named first-team NBA All-Rookie selections Monday.
Brogdon and Saric were joined by Sixers center Joel Embiid, Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield and New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez on the first team.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell were second-team selections.
Chris Forsberg of ESPN provided full vote tallies from the NBA:
The first team features a record four international players. Hield (Bahamas), Saric (Croatia), Hernangomez (Spain) and Embiid (Cameroon) were all born outside the United States.
Brogdon, Saric and Embiid are the three finalists for the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award, which will be presented later Monday at the inaugural NBA Awards.
Embiid was by far the most spectacular rookie last season, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Sixers looked like a playoff team when he was on the floor and understandably plummeted toward the bottom of the standings without him. He was limited to 31 games due to a combination of rest and a knee injury that cost him nearly three months.
While Embiid’s injury ended any hopes that the Sixers would make a surprise playoff push, his absence allowed Saric to emerge as a building block. Saric averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game after the All-Star break, flashing the promise that made the two-year wait for his arrival seem worth it.
Brogdon was the most consistent of the three over a full season’s work. He finished with averages of 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, knocking down an impressive 40.4 percent of his threes and playing solid defense on the perimeter. While his peaks were lower than Saric or Embiid and his potential isn’t nearly as high, it’s possible Brogdon’s consistency winds up winning him the award.
Brown and Ingram were the only top-five selections from the 2016 draft to make an All-Rookie team.
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