Gordon, Deng Earn All-Rookie First Team Honors

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With Gordon and Deng’s selections, this marks the second time that the Bulls have had two rookies named to the All-Rookie Teams in the same year.

May 5, 2005 – The NBA announced today that Chicago Bulls rookies Ben Gordon and Luol Deng have been chosen by the League’s head coaches to the 2004-05 got milk? NBA All-Rookie First Team.

It is the first time in franchise history that the Bulls had two players selected to the First Team and the 12th time in NBA history that two players from the same team were elected to the First Team.

Gordon, one of three unanimous selections to the First Team, along with Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor and Orlando’s Dwight Howard, received 58 points. Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala (56 points) and Deng (33 points) round out the top five.

All 30 head coaches from the NBA voted, but were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. First team votes were worth two points, while second team votes were worth one point.

Gordon, the third pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, appeared in all 82 games (three starts) and averaged a rookie-best 15.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.0 apg (7th among rookies) in 24.4 mpg (10th). He shot .411 from the field, a Bulls’ rookie record .405 from behind the arc (3rd among rookies, 18th in the NBA) and .863 from the free throw line (1st, 16th).

Gordon also finished with 3.21 3FG per 48 minutes (8th in the NBA), 29.6 points per 48 minutes (11th in the NBA) and 10.41 FG per 48 minutes (15th in the NBA). His 134 three-pointers are the second most by a rookie in Bulls’ history, behind Kirk Hinrich’s 144 3FGM set last year, and rank fifth overall in team annals.

Deng, acquired in a Draft-night trade with Phoenix, was the seventh selection in the 2004 NBA Draft. He played in 61 games (45 starts) and posted averages of 11.7 ppg (4th among rookies), 5.3 rpg (6th) and 2.2 apg (5th) in 27.3 mpg (6th). He shot .434 from the field and .741 from the line. On the year, he scored 10 or more points in 33 games and recorded three double-doubles. At the age of 20, Deng becomes the youngest Bull ever to garner First Team accolades.

With Gordon and Deng’s selections, this marks the second time that the Bulls have had two rookies named to the All-Rookie Teams in the same year. In 1999-2000, Elton Brand (First Team) and Ron Artest (Second Team) were the first duo to earn All-Rookie honors in the same season.

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2004-05 got milk? NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

Player Team Points 1st Team Votes
Ben Gordon Chicago 58 29
Emeka Okafor Charlotte 58 29
Dwight Howard Orlando 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 Varejo, Cleveland, 2; Shaun Livingston, L.A. Clippers, 2 (1); Trevor Ariza, New York, 1; Sebastian Telfair, Portland, 1; Matt Bonner, Toronto, 1.

Chicago Bulls All-Rookie Team Selections

Player Team Year
Erwin Mueller First 1966-67
Clifford Ray First 1971-72
Scott May First 1976-77
Reggie Theus First 1978-79
David Greenwood First 1979-80
Quintin Dailey First 1982-83
Michael Jordan First 1984-85
Charles Oakley First 1985-86
Stacey King Second 1989-90
Toni Kukoc Second 1993-94
Elton Brand First 1999-00
Ron Artest Second 1999-00
Marcus Fizer Second 2000-01
Jay Williams Second 2002-03
Kirk Hinrich First 2003-04
Ben Gordon First 2004-05
Luol Deng First 2004-05

Note: The All-Rookie Second Team was introduced in 1988-89.


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