We already did a post looking at the NBA All-Rookie First Team, now it’s time to look at the first-year players who were named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk headlines the Second Team with 119 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves), Cody Zeller (Charlotte Bobcats) and Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder) rounded out the squad.
Olynyk had a solid season for the Celtics, averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Those marks were good enough for sixth-best in scoring among rookies and second-best in rebounding, respectively. He also finished second in field goal percentage (.466) behind First Team selection Mason Plumlee and fourth in free throw percentage (.811) among his fellow first-year players.
Antetokounmpo had a rather disappointing season after coming into the league with arguably the most hype of any rookie thanks to his cool nickname “Greek Freak” and comparisons to Magic Johnson due to his 6’9″ frame. However, being on the Milwaukee Bucks — the worst team in the NBA — may be the reason for his disappointing season. He finished the year averaging 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while ranking fourth-best among rookies in three-point shooting percentage, rebounds and blocks per game.
Dieng shot out of a cannon the final two months of the regular-season after hardly playing at all through the first four months. Once starting center Nikola Pekovic got injured, Dieng stepped up in stellar fashion. On March 16 in his first career start, Dieng posted his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 boards, while also adding five blocks. He went on to achieve nine more double-doubles through the final 18 games of the season. The best game of his young career was a monster 22-point, 21-rebound performance against the Houston Rockets.
Zeller had a very quiet season, averaging 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for Charlotte. The 4th overall draft pick played in all 82 games, but only got three starts. He finished sixth-best among rookies in field goal percentage and rebounds per game.
Adams had the worst season of all players named to the All-Rookie Second Team, averaging a modest 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In all honesty, he didn’t deserve to be named to the Second Team. Fellow rookies Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings each had better season than Adams did.
“The voting panel consisted of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.”
2013-14 All-Rookie Second Team
Player | Team | First (2 points) | Second (1 point) | Total points Kelly Olynyk | Celtics | 19 | 81 | 119 total Giannis Antetokounmpo | Bucks | 15 | 86 | 116 total Gorgui Dieng | Timberwolves | 21 | 54 | 96 total Cody Zeller | Hornets | 3 | 61 | 67 total Steven Adams | Thunder | 9 | 47 | 65 total via Sixers’ Carter-Williams leads 2013-14 All-Rookie Team picks | NBA.com