Marquese Chriss Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

by Cody Cunningham

Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss has been named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced today. 

In his rookie campaign, Chriss averaged 9.2 points (8th among rookies) on 44.9 percent shooting (6th), 4.2 rebounds (5th), 0.85 blocks (3rd), 0.82 steals (7th) and 21.3 minutes while playing all 82 games. Chriss led all rookies in games started (75) and dunks (103). He was one of just two first-year players along with Joel Embiid to finish in the top 10 on the rookie leaderboard in scoring average, rebounds per game, blocks per game and steals per game. Showing his versatility, Chriss joined Jerry Stackhouse and Shane Battier as just the third rookie in NBA history to total at least 65 each of three-pointers made, blocks and steals.

The NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January, Chriss continued to elevate his game after the All-Star break, averaging 12.7 points on 49.8 percent shooting from the field and 36.0 percent from three-point range, 5.9 rebounds, a rookie-high 1.44 blocks and 0.92 steals during the season’s second half. For the season, the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft recorded 29 double-digit scoring games, including six with 20-plus points topped by a career-high 27 points vs. Milwaukee on Feb. 4.

Chriss becomes the 14th player in franchise history to be named All-Rookie, following Devin Booker’s First Team selection in 2015-16 to give the Suns All-Rookie honorees in consecutive seasons. Chriss and Booker are joined by Amar’e Stoudemire (2002-03), Joe Johnson (2001-02), Shawn Marion (1999-00), Michael Finley (1995-96), Wesley Person (1994-95), Richard Dumas (1992-93), Armon Gilliam (1987-88), Walter Davis (1977-78), Ron Lee (1976-77), Alvan Adams (1975-76), Mike Bantom (1973-74) and Gary Gregor (1968-69) as Suns recognized for their outstanding debut seasons.

Suns guard Tyler Ulis and forward Dragan Bender also received votes for the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Teams. The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consisted of Chriss, Denver’s Jamal Murray, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, the L.A. Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and Dallas’ Yogi Ferrell. Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric and Embiid, Sacramento’s Buddy Hield and New York’s Willy Hernangomez were named to the First Team.

A global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters voted for the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Teams. The panel was asked to select five players for the First Team and five players for the Second Team at any position. Two points were awarded for First Team votes and one point for Second Team votes.

Below are the voting results for the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.


Player, Team                                   First (2pt)       Second (1 pt)              Total Points

Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee           100                  -                                   200

Dario Saric, Philadelphia                   100                  -                                   200

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia                   82                    7                                  171

Buddy Hield, Sacramento                  63                    28                                154

Willy Hernangomez, New York          44                    40                                128



Player, Team                                       First (2pt)       Second (1 pt)              Total Points

Jamal Murray, Denver                       34                    55                                123

Jaylen Brown, Boston                       24                    58                                106

Marquese Chriss, Phoenix                20                    51                                91

Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers              11                    61                                83

Yogi Ferrell, Dallas                              7                     49                                63

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first-place votes in parentheses): Rodney McGruder, Miami, 61 (7); Caris LeVert, Brooklyn, 36 (2); Domantas Sabonis, Oklahoma City, 19 (4); Tyler Ulis, Phoenix, 10 (1); Patrick McCaw, Golden State, 8; Skal Labissiere, Sacramento, 7 (1); Kris Dunn, Minnesota, 5; Juancho Hernangomez, Denver, 5; Taurean Prince, Atlanta, 5; Isaiah Whitehead, Brooklyn, 5; Alex Abrines, Oklahoma City, 4; Davis Bertans, San Antonio, 3; Dejounte Murray, San Antonio, 3; Thon Maker, Milwaukee, 3; Andrew Harrison, Memphis, 2; Fred VanVleet, Toronto, 1; Dragan Bender, Phoenix, 1; DeAndre’ Bembry, Atlanta, 1; Jakob Poeltl, Toronto, 1; Malcolm Delaney, Atlanta, 1.


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