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Beasley and Chalmers Named to T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Teams

Apr 30 2009 9:46PM

MIAMI, 4/30 – The NBA has announced that Miami HEAT forward Michael Beasley has been named to the T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team, and guard Mario Chalmers has been named to the Second Team. Rounding out the First Team were Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Memphis’ O.J. Mayo, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and New Jersey’s Brook Lopez. Joining Chalmers on the Second Team are the L.A. Clippers’ Eric Gordon, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Charlotte’s D.J. Augustin and Portland’s Rudy Fernandez.

Beasley, who played 81 games (19 starts), averaged 13.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.51 steals, 0.46 blocks and 24.8 minutes. He was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April after scoring in double-figures in all eight games in April and averaging 20.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 31.5 minutes while shooting 55.3 percent from the floor. He ranked second on the HEAT in scoring average, points (1,123), games played, field goals made (452), field goals attempted (957), free throws made (186), free throws attempted (241), offensive rebounds (110), defensive rebounds (329) and total rebounds (439). Additionally, he ranked among the NBA rookie leaders in scoring average (5th), field goal percentage (5th), rebounds per game (6th), free throw percentage (8th) and assists (16th).

Chalmers started all 82 games for the HEAT and averaged 10.0 points (.420 FG%, .767 FT%), 4.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.95 steals and 32.0 minutes. He ranked fourth in the NBA in steals per game, seventh in steals per turnover (0.97) and 26th in assists per game. Among NBA rookie leaders, he finished first in steals per game, third in assists per game, fifth in minutes per game, ninth in free throw percentage, ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.367), 12th in scoring average and 16th in rebounds per game. In addition to setting a HEAT rookie record for starts, he also set the franchise rookie records for three-point field goals made (114), three-point field goals attempted (311) and starts and tied the record for games played shared by Grant Long and Bimbo Coles.

2008-09 T-MOBILE NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
Player  Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Derrick Rose Chicago 29 - 58
O.J. Mayo Memphis  29 - 58
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City  24 5 53
Brook Lopez New Jersey  21 7 49
Michael Beasley Miami 17 10 44

 

2008-09 T-MOBILE NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
Player  Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Eric Gordon L.A. Clippers 13 13 39
Kevin Love  Minnesota 7 20 24
Mario Chalmers Miami 5 19 29
Marc Gasol  Memphis 2 21 25
D. J. Augustin Charlotte  - 17 17
Rudy Fernandez  Portland - 17 17