There's more at stake as a rookie in the NBA than most people realize.
Every incoming athlete has a thirst to prove himself, but his performance—however impressive or unexpected—means little without the proper recognition.
And that's where the All-Rookie teams come in. If a player is able to earn such an honor, it's as tangible a justification to his first-year talent as there is.
We can say Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played well, but does that really mean anything if they're not officially recognized as the league's top rookies?
No, at least not as much as it could; statements, sentiments and scouting reports can only push a reputation so far.
Because nothing matches the praise and validation a neophyte receives when he is named to an All-Rookie squad. Nothing at all.