Gilgeous-Alexander And Shamet Named To All-Rookie Team
The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet have been named to the All-Rookie Second Team. The duo was the only rookie starting backcourt in the NBA Playoffs this season and helped the team to a 48-34 record, as L.A. became the fifth team in NBA history to win at least 45 games without an All-Star.
Gilgeous-Alexander, 20, who was selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and acquired by the Clippers on Draft Night, appeared in all 82 games for the Clippers, averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.3 assists in 26.5 minutes. He led all rookies on +.500 teams in scoring and minutes per game. No rookie in NBA history has matched his season stat line in points, rebounds, assists, field-goal percentage, three-point field goal-percentage & free throw percentage.
Shamet, 22, was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 26th pick in the 2018 draft and appeared in 79 games for the Philadelphia and Clippers, averaging 9.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22.8 minutes. He finished the regular season fourth on the all-time rookie three-point leaderboard (167) shooting 42.2%, which is the second-highest percentage in the top-20 list behind only Stephen Curry (43.7%).
This marks the first time a Clippers rookie has made an All-Rookie Team since Blake Griffin in 2010-11.
The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team also consists of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson and Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter.
The NBA All-Rookie Teams were selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The media voted for five players for the NBA All-Rookie First Team and five players for the Second Team at any position. Players received two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote.