NEW YORK, May 5 --
The 2004-05 got milk? NBA Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor
of the Charlotte Bobcats and the 2004-05 NBA Sixth Man award recipient Ben Gordon
of the Chicago Bulls headline a talented group of rookies named to the got milk? NBA All-Rookie Team, the NBA announced today.
Orlando’s Dwight Howard
joined Okafor and Gordon as unanimous selections to the got milk? NBA All-Rookie First Team as each received 58 points. They were joined on the First Team by Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala
(56 points) and Chicago’s Luol Deng
Okafor, the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, led all rookies in scoring (15.1 ppg), rebounds (10.9 rpg) and minutes played (35.6 mpg) and ranked second in blocks (1.71 bpg). He ranked fourth in the NBA and first among rookies with 47 double-doubles (points-rebounds), posting 19 consecutive from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1.
Gordon, a three-time recipient of the got milk? Rookie of the Month award, averaged 15.1 points on .411 shooting from the field, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season and scored 10 or more points in the final quarter 21 times. Howard, the first overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft, ranked in the top five in six statistical categories, including second in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and double-doubles (32), third in scoring (12.0 ppg), blocks (1.66 bpg) and minutes played (32.6 mpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.520). Iguodala, the only rookie to record a triple-double this season, ranked eighth in the league in steals per game (1.68), sixth in total steals (138) and steals per turnover (0.99). Deng averaged 11.7 points on .434 shooting, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 61 games this season.
The got milk? NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of New Jersey’s Nenad Krstic (30 points), Atlanta’s Josh Smith (22 points) and Josh Childress (21 points), Orlando’s Jameer Nelson (20 points) and Boston’s Al Jefferson (17 points).
The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.
The got milk? Milk Mustache campaign is sponsoring the NBA Rookie platform to highlight the importance of milk's bone-building calcium and eight other essential nutrients for active people, teens especially, who add about 15 percent of their height during these years. The platform includes the ‘got milk?’ Rookie Challenge, the ‘got milk?’ Rookie of the Month awards, the ‘got milk?’ Rookie of the Year award and the ‘got milk?’ All-Rookie Team.
Attached are the results of the balloting for the 2004-05 got milk? NBA All-Rookie teams:
2004-05 got milk? NBA All-Rookie First Team
Player Team Points 1st Team Votes
Emeka Okafor Charlotte 58 29
Dwight Howard Orlando 58 29
Ben Gordon Chicago 58 29
Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 56 27
Luol Deng Chicago 33 11
2004-05 got milk? NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Player Team Points 1st Team Votes
Nenad Krstic New Jersey 30 7
Josh Smith Atlanta 22 3
Josh Childress Atlanta 21 4
Jameer Nelson Orlando 20 1
Al Jefferson Boston 17 2
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes): J.R. Smith, New Orleans, 15 (2); Andres Nocioni, Chicago, 15 (2); Beno Udrih, San Antonio, 11 (1); Chris Duhon, Chicago, 10; Devin Harris, Dallas, 10 (1); Tony Allen, Boston, 6 (1); Nick Collison, Seattle, 3; Anderson Varejao, Cleveland, 2; Shaun Livingston, L.A. Clippers, 2 (1); Trevor Ariza, New York, 1; Sebastian Telfair, Portland, 1; Matt Bonner, Toronto, 1.