Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis Headline NBA All-Rookie Teams

by May 19, 2016

R.O.Y. Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis are unanimous selections to the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First team, the League announced Thursday.

Both first-year studs received 130 votes from a panel of media folks in the U.S. and Canada.

Rounding out the First Team are Devin Booker, Nikola Jokic and Jahlil Okafor.

From the press release:

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of the Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow (151 points, 44 First Team votes), the Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell (142 points, 25 First Team votes), the Nuggets’ Emmanuel Mudiay (140 points, 35 First Team votes), the Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (139 points, 28 First Team votes) and the Sacramento Kings’ Willie Cauley-Stein (50 points, two First Team votes).


Towns, the No. 1 overall pick of NBA Draft 2015, led all rookies in scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg, eighth in the NBA) and ranked second in blocks (1.68 bpg, 10th in the NBA) — making him the league’s only player to reach those averages in the three categories. The unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year also ranked third in the league in double-doubles (51) and eighth in field goal percentage (54.2). Towns, one of six NBA players to start all 82 games, won all six NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards.


Porzingis was third among rookies in scoring (14.3 ppg), second in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and first in blocks (1.86 bpg). A three-time NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month winner, Porzingis became the first Knicks rookie to score at least 1,000 points in a season since Mark Jackson in 1987-88.

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