Published May 03, 2016
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins, the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year, headlines this season's NBA All-Rookie First Team, the league announced Monday.
Last year's No. 1 overall draft pick was the lone unanimous choice totaling 130 first-team votes. A 6-foot-8 shooting guard, Wiggins averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal while playing all 82 games for the Timberwolves.
The Toronto-born former Kansas star was drafted No. 1 by Cleveland last June and then traded to Minnesota as part of the three-team deal last August that sent star forward Kevin Love from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers.
Chicago's Nikola Mirotic (128 First Team votes, 258 points), Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel (125 First Team votes, 252 points), Orlando's Elfrid Payton (121 First Team votes, 250 points) and the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson (74 First Team votes, 200 points) rounded out the All-Rookie First Team.
Mirotic also appeared in all 82 games, averaging 10.2 points in 20.2 minutes.
Noel led all rookies in rebounding (8.1 rpg), steals (1.77 spg, 10th in the NBA) and blocks (1.89 bpg, seventh in the league). He was the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in both steals and blocks.
Payton averaged 8.9 points and 6.5 assists in 82 games (63 starts).
Clarkson averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 59 games (38 starts).
The NBA All-Rookie Second Team was made up of the Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (142 points, 28 First Team votes), the Timberwolves' Zach LaVine (135 points, 22 First Team votes), the Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic (107 points, seven First Team votes), the Denver Nuggets' Jusuf Nurkic (97 points, three First Team votes) and the New York Knicks' Langston Galloway (72 points, seven First Team votes).
The voting panel consisted of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.