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Smart, Wiggins named Kia Rookies of the Month

POSTED: Mar 4, 2015 7:49 PM ET
UPDATED: Mar 4, 2015 8:09 PM ET

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— The Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

Smart ranked third among East rookies in scoring (9.8 ppg), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (1.64 spg) for the month. He also was fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg) and averaged a conference-rookie-high 32.6 minutes in 11 games for the Celtics, whose 7-4 record was tied for fourth best in the East. The 6-4, 220-pound point guard set single-game career highs in rebounds (10), assists (nine) and steals (five) during February. Smart scored in double figures in six of his final seven games of the month.

Wiggins won the West award for the fourth consecutive month and helped the Timberwolves to a 5-6 record, their best mark in a full calendar month this season. The 6-8, 199-pound forward led all rookies in scoring (16.8 ppg) and minutes (38.7 mpg), and he shot 45.7 percent from the field and averaged 4.8 rebounds. On Feb. 23, Wiggins scored 30 points in a 113-102 loss to the Houston Rockets, his third 30-point game of the season, matching the Minnesota rookie record set by Isaiah Rider in 1993-94.

Here is a recap of the month for Smart and Wiggins:

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

  • Feb. 1 vs. Miami: Dished out a career-high nine assists and had only one turnover in an 83-75 loss to the Heat.
  • Feb. 4 vs. Denver: Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and added four points, eight assists and three steals in a 104-100 victory over the Nuggets.
  • Feb. 20 @ Sacramento: Scored 16 points and contributed five rebounds and a career-high five steals in a 109-101 loss to the Kings.

Kia Rookie of the Month: Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart is the Kia Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in February.

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Feb. 8 @ Detroit: Finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 112-101 victory over the Pistons.
  • Feb. 23 @ Houston: Scored 30 points (on 12-of-24 shooting from the field) and grabbed six rebounds in a 113-102 loss to the Rockets.
  • Feb. 28 vs. Memphis: Posted 25 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 101-97 loss to the Grizzlies.

Kia Rookie of the Month: Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins is the Kia Western Conference Rookie of the Month in February.

Other nominees for the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month were Denver's Jusuf Nurkic, the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, New York's Langston Galloway, Oklahoma City's Mitch McGary, Orlando's Elfrid Payton and Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel.

Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month

The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month are part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The Kia NBA Performance Awards." The series, currently in its eighth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes five of the league's most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player Award, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player Award, and Kia Rookie of the Year. It also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month during the regular season. In addition to continuing to serve as the league's Official Automotive Partner, Kia is also the Official Luxury Vehicle of the NBA, following the introduction of the brand's modern and elegant K900 rear-drive luxury sedan. For more information on the "The Kia NBA Performance Awards" visit www.NBA.com/awards.