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Tuesday May 13, 2008 3:04 PM


Scola, Landry selected to NBA's All-Rookie team


Rockets have two rookies on All-Rookie teams for second time


HOUSTON --

The Rockets' most-talented rookie class in over a decade received some extra recognition on Tuesday.

Luis Scola and Carl Landry were selected to the NBA's All-Rookie Team, becoming only the second pair of rookies in franchise history to be included on the honorary team.

Scola was placed on the All-Rookie first team after eventually becoming the Rockets' starting power forward. Landry, meanwhile, earned a spot on the second team after becoming a regular in the rotation midway through the season.

The rookie power forward duo joined Ralph Sampson and Rodney McCray as the only other rookies to make one of the two rookie teams in franchise history. Sampson and McCray did it in 1983.

Scola, the shaggy-haired power forward from Argentina, emerged as a Rookie of the Year candidate, averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in his first season. Just past the midway point in the season, the rookie became a starter. He averaged 13.0 points on 53.1 percent shooting, helping the Rockets go 31-8 with him in the starting five.

Among rookies, Scola finished first in field-goal percentage, second in rebounds and fifth in scoring. He was the Western Conference's Rookie of the Month in February.

Landry, meanwhile, transformed himself into one of the league's top rookies over the second half of the season. Despite seeing minimal action in the first 36 games, the Rockets' second-round pick averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in 42 games, providing a spark off the bench with his rim-rattling dunks.

The All-Rookie Teams were selected by the NBA's coaches.