Ben Simmons, Kyle Kuzma Headline NBA All-Rookie Team
The NBA’s All-Rookie first and second teams for 2018 were announced by the league on Tuesday, and it features a talented roster of first-year players.
Mitchell and Simmons unanimously made the first team, while all other players had one or more second-team votes. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball was voted to the second team. Many NBA fans and pundits had predicted Ball would emerge as the Lakers’ top rookie this season, but in the end it was Kyle Kuzma who led all first-year-players on the team in scoring. The Boston Celtics‘ Jayson Tatum and the Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen were also named to the first team.
Here is the full list of players for both teams, along with the number of votes each rookie received:
- G: Donovan Mitchell, Jazz (100 first-team votes; zero second-team votes)
- G/F: Ben Simmons, 76ers (100 first-team votes; zero second-team votes)
- F: Jayson Tatum, Celtics (99 first-team votes; one second-team vote)
- F: Kyle Kuzma, Lakers (93 first-team votes; seven second-team votes)
- F: Lauri Markkanen, Bulls (76 first-team votes; 21 second-team votes)
- G: Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks (Nine first-team votes; 78 second-team votes)
- G: Lonzo Ball, Lakers (Seven first-team votes; 73 second-team votes)
- F: John Collins, Hawks (Five first-team votes; 66 second-team votes)
- G: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kings (Six first-team votes; 63 second-team votes)
- F: Josh Jackson, Suns (One first-team vote; 43 second-team votes)