Durant, Horford Headline T-Mobile All-Rookie Team
Posted May 14 2008 2:58AM
NEW YORK, May 13, 2008 – Kevin Durant of the Seattle SuperSonics and Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks headline a talented group of rookies named to the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Team, the NBA announced today. Horford, the only player unanimously voted to the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Team, finished with 58. Durant, winner of the 2007-08 T-Mobile Rookie of the Year award, received a total of 57 votes.
A five-time T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month selection (November, December, January, March and April), Durant averaged a rookie- and team-high 20.3 points -- 7.6 points higher than any other rookie -- to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 80 games (all starts). Durant was the only rookie to lead his team in five statistical categories, including points, blocks, steals, free throws made and free throw percentage. Durant also blocked more shots than any other guard in the league (75). He represented the SuperSonics in the 2008 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds.
A three-time T-Mobile Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month selection (November, February and March), Horford ranked first among rookies in double doubles (25), as well as rebounds (9.7 rpg), which was 13th among all NBA players. Among first year players, Horford also finished sixth in scoring (10.1 ppg). Horford represented the Hawks in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, finishing with 19 points, and seven rebounds.
Among rookies, Scola ranked second in both rebounds (6.4 rpg) and double-doubles (10). Thorton finished second in scoring (12.7 ppg) and Green finished fourth (10.5 ppg).
The T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of former D-League player, Jamario Moon of the Toronto Raptors (38), Memphis’ Juan Carlos Navarro (24), Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young (23), Detroit’s Rodney Stuckey (22) and Houston’s Carl Landry (18).
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.
Building upon its already strong appeal to the nation's youth and as the Official Wireless Services Partner of the NBA, T-Mobile is showcasing the NBA's youngest players -- the Rookies -- through the NBA's Rookie program. Highlights include rookie awards presentations including the T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, T-Mobile Rookie of the Month Awards, and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, an All-Star competition between NBA rookies and second-year players. During NBA All-Star 2008, T-Mobile Huddle Up and NBA Cares hosted more than 5,000 local students in the lower bowl of the arena to watch this year’s Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. This is a part of T-Mobile's continued efforts to connect kids to positive people, places and programs.
Attached are the results of the balloting for the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie teams:
2007-08 T-Mobile NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
2007-08 T-Mobile NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes): Joakim Noah, Chicago, 17 (1); Yi Jianlian, Milwaukee, 13; Nick Young, Washington, 10 (2); Mike Conley, Memphis, 8 (1); Corey Brewer, Minnesota, 3 (1); Sean Williams, New Jersey, 3; Glen Davis, Boston, 3; Julian Wright, New Orleans, 2; Jared Dudley, Charlotte, 2; Acie Law, Atlanta, 1; Javaris Crittenton, Memphis, 1; Aaron Brooks, Houston, 1; Wilson Chandler, New York, 1; Daequan Cook, Miami, 1.