The 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team has been officially released, and there are hardly any surprises.
Rookie of the Year winner Kyrie Irving leads a group that also includes Ricky Rubio, a contender for the ROY award before going down with an ACL injury; Kenneth Faried, who earned a starting job on the No. 6 seed Nuggets after emerging as a double-double threat; Klay Thompson, a sniper that hit 41.4 percent of his shots from beyond the arc and starred after the Warriors traded Monta Ellis; Iman Shumpert, an explosive athlete and defensive stopper for the Knicks; Brandon Knight, a promising guard for the up-and-coming Pistons; and Kawhi Leonard, an integral role player for the top-seeded Spurs.
The most notable snubs include Isaiah Thomas of the Kings and Chandler Parsons of the Rockets.
Which Rookie Was the Biggest Snub from the First-Team?
Thomas averaged 11.5 PPG and 4.1 APG in 25 minutes of play. He was always providing energy either off the bench or as a starter late in the season. Parsons was able to do a variety of things when he was on the court, averaging 9.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.1 APG and 1.2 SPG in just 28 MPG.
These two players headline the All-Rookie Second Team, along with MarShon Brooks, Derrick Williams and Tristan Thompson.
The head coaches around the league—who aren’t allowed to vote for their own players—did a good job picking a mix of emerging young rookies who were instrumental to the success of their respective teams.
The seven members represent the biggest All-Rookie First Team class in NBA history. As the rules dictate, a tie allows all players involved to be a part of the First Team.
All of the promising up-and-comers that made either All-Rookie team definitely deserved the honor, and serve as more evidence that the league indeed has a bright future.