Antetokounmpo Named to All-Rookie Second Team
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced today. Antetokounmpo, the 15th pick in the draft by Milwaukee last summer, becomes the first Buck to receive an All-Rookie Team nod since Brandon Jennings earned First Team honors following the 2009-10 season.
Antetokounmpo appeared in 77 games for the Bucks during his rookie season, averaging 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest, and finished among the rookie league leaders in scoring (11th), rebounding (T-4th), assists (T-10th), field goal percentage (9th), 3-point percentage (4th), free throw percentage (9th), steals (6th) and blocks (4th). He led the team in blocked shots on 22 occasions, second only to John Henson's 40 such games, and his 61 total blocked shots were most among all NBA rookies and the seventh-most by a Bucks rookie in team history. Antetokounmpo recorded two double-doubles during his rookie campaign, tallying a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds on Dec. 27 at Brooklyn before scoring 13 points and grabbing a season-high-tying 11 boards on Jan. 11 at Oklahoma City.
On Jan. 29, Antetokounmpo was selected to participate in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend, becoming the first Buck to represent the franchise at the league's midseason showcase since Jennings in 2011. Antetokounmpo tallied nine points, two rebounds and two assists in the game, and also competed in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of the All-Star Saturday Night festivities.
Antetokounmpo received 116 points, including 15 First Team votes, from a panel consisting of 125 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.
Joining Antetokounmpo on the All-Rookie Second Team are the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (119 points, 19 First Team votes), the Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (96 points, 21 First Team votes), the Charlotte Bobcats' Cody Zeller (67 points, three First Team votes), and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (65 points, nine First Team votes).
The All-Rookie First Team is led by Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams, the lone unanimous First Team selection (250 points, 125 First Team votes), while the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo narrowly missed a perfect ballot (248 points, 124 First Team votes). Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz (230 points, 108 First Team votes), Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets (214 points, 95 First Team votes) and the New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (204 points, 87 First Team votes) complete the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team.