Richardson Named to NBA All-Rookie Team
May 14, 1990 — Timberwolves point guard Pooh Richardson was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team as selected by the league's 27 head coaches.
NBA coaches were asked to vote for first and second teams regardless of position and were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for the First Team and one point for the Second Team. Richardson received 33 points in the voting. Teammate Sam Mitchell was the only other Timberwolves player to receive points, with seven.
Richardson, who came off the bench for the Timberwolves during the first half of the season, became the starting point guard for the final 48 games and finished with an 11.4 points-per-game scoring average and a 6.8 assists-per-game average. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.93-to-1 was the best among all first-year players.
"I am very honored to receive this award," said Richardson, a former All-Pac-10 performer at UCLA. "It is nice to see the hard work paying off. I hope to improve my game even more as I get ready for the 1990-91 season."
Joining Richardson on the First Team are David Robinson of San Antonio (52 points), Tim Hardaway of Golden State (52), Vlade Divac of the Los Angeles Lakers (40) and Sherman Douglas of Miami (39). The All-Rookie Second Team consists of Charlotte's J.R. Reid, San Antonio's Sean Elliott, Chicago's Stacey King, Utah's Blue Edwards and Miami's Glen Rice.