The NBA announced Wednesday that guard-forward Scottie Barnes has been named to the 2021-22 NBA All-Rookie First Team. Barnes becomes the 12th player in franchise history to receive all-rookie honours, and first since Andrea Bargnani and Jorge Garbajosa in 2006-07 to be named to the first team.
The NBA Rookie of the Year, Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.08 steals, 0.74 blocks and 35.4 minutes (first among all rookies) in 74 games this season and was the only rookie to rank in the top five in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He shot .492 (459- 932) from the field, scored 20 or more points 17 times and recorded 13 double-doubles. Barnes led the team in scoring in 10 games, rebounds 21 times and assists in 15 contests.
A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Barnes was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month twice (February and March/April) and participated in the Rising Stars and Taco Bell Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star in Cleveland. He became the first Raptors rookie - and only rookie in the NBA this season - to record 1000+ points, 500+ rebounds and 250+ assists. Barnes was also the first rookie since Luka Doncic in 2018-19 to average 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Barnes was picked fourth overall by the Raptors in the 2021 NBA Draft and became just the third player in franchise history to capture NBA rookie of the year honours, joining Vince Carter (1998- 99) and Damon Stoudamire (1995-96).