May 22, 2012
Warriors Guard Klay Thompson Voted To NBA All-Rookie First Team
Led All Rookies In Three-Point Shooting & Averaged 18.6 Points Per Game Over Final 28 Contests

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today.

Thompson, 22, averaged 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.4 minutes over 66 games during his rookie NBA season in 2011-12. He led all rookies in three-point percentage (.414, 17th in NBA) and three-point field goals made (111), while also finishing second among rookies in free throw percentage (.868) and fourth in scoring. The 6’7” guard started the final 28 games of the season for Golden State, averaging 18.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.11 steals in those contests.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, and Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio were the top two vote getters, with Irving the lone unanimous selection.

Joining Irving (58 points) and Rubio (49 points) on the NBA All-Rookie First Team are Denver’s Kenneth Faried (46 points), Thompson (43 points), New York’s Iman Shumpert (40 points), San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (40 points) and Detroit’s Brandon Knight (40 points).

Irving, the league’s top-scoring rookie, was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December/January, February and March. He finished the season with averages of 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals, becoming one of only six rookies in league history to average at least 18.0 points, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steal while shooting at least .450 from the field (Alvan Adams, Grant Hill, Tyreke Evans, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan).

Rubio, the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December/January, appeared in 41 games during an injury-shortened debut season, averaging 10.6 points, a rookie-best 8.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. He also led rookies with 2.2 steals.

Faried averaged 10.2 points, a rookie-best 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 block for Denver, garnering Western Conference Player of the Month honors for games played in April. His .586 field goal percentage paced first-year players.

Shumpert, Leonard and Knight tied for the fifth spot on the All-Rookie First Team. Shumpert averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. Leonard posted 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists. Knight tallied averages of 12.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of Houston’s Chandler Parsons (33 points), Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas (27 points), New Jersey’s MarShon Brooks (18 points), Minnesota’s Derrick Williams (16 points) and Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson (16 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.

Below are the results of the balloting for the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
Player Team
First (2pt)
Secnd (1pt)
Total
Kyrie Irving Cleveland
29
-
58
Ricky Rubio Minnesota
21
7
49
Kenneth Faried Denver
19
8
4
Klay Thompson Golden State
16
11
43
Iman Shumpert New York
15
10
40
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio
14
12
40
Brandon Knight Detroit
13
14
40


2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

Player Team
First (2pt)
Secnd (1pt)
Total
Chandler Parsons Houston
10
13
33
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento
5
17
27
MarShon Brooks New Jersey
3
12
18
Derrick Williams Minnesota
2
12
16
Tristan Thompson Cleveland
2
12
16


Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses):
Markieff Morris, Phoenix, 7 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte 7; Alec Burks, Utah 2; Norris Cole, Miami 2; Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter, Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma, Boston 1; Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans 1; Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 1.