Jazz’s Alec Burks, Enes Kanter receive All-Rookie team votes

 

Utah Jazz first-year players Alec Burks and Enes Kanter both received votes for the NBA’s 2011-12 All-Rookie team. Burks, the No. 12 pick last June, finished tied for 15th in voting with two votes, while Kanter, the third selection, was among 21 rookies to receive at least one vote.

Here’s the press release from the NBA:

CLEVELAND’S IRVING, MINNESOTA’S RUBIO HEADLINE 2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

 

NEW YORK, May 22, 2012 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio headline the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today. Irving was the lone unanimous selection.

 

Joining Irving (58 points) and Rubio (49 points) on the NBA All-Rookie First Team are Denver’s Kenneth Faried (46 points), Golden State’s Klay Thompson (43 points), New York’s Iman Shumpert (40 points), San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (40 points) and Detroit’s Brandon Knight (40 points).

 

Irving, the league’s top-scoring rookie, was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December/January, February and March. He finished the season with averages of 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals, becoming one of only six rookies in league history to average at least 18.0 points, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steal while shooting at least .450 from the field (Alvan Adams, Grant Hill, Tyreke Evans, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan).

 

Rubio, the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December/January, appeared in 41 games during an injury-shortened debut season, averaging 10.6 points, a rookie-best 8.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. He also led rookies with 2.2 steals.

 

Faried averaged 10.2 points, a rookie-best 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 block for Denver, garnering Western Conference Player of the Month honors for games played in April. His .586 field goal percentage paced first-year players. Thompson averaged 12.5 points while shooting a rookie-best .414 from three-point range, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

 

Shumpert, Leonard and Knight tied for the fifth spot on the All-Rookie First Team. Shumpert averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. Leonard posted 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists. Knight tallied averages of 12.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

 

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of Houston’s Chandler Parsons (33 points), Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas (27 points), New Jersey’s MarShon Brooks (18 points), Minnesota’s Derrick Williams (16 points) and Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson (16 points).

The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.

Attached are the results of the balloting for the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

 

2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

 

Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1Pt) Total

 

Kyrie Irving Cleveland 29 – 58

 

Ricky Rubio Minnesota 21 7 49

 

Kenneth Faried Denver 19 8 46

 

Klay Thompson Golden State 16 11 43

 

Iman Shumpert New York 15 10 40

 

Kawhi Leonard San Antonio 14 12 40

 

Brandon Knight Detroit 13 14 40

 

2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

 

Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total

 

Chandler Parsons Houston 10 13 33

 

Isaiah Thomas Sacramento 5 17 27

 

MarShon Brooks New Jersey 3 12 18

 

Derrick Williams Minnesota 2 12 16

 

Tristan Thompson Cleveland 2 12 16

 

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses): Markieff Morris, Phoenix, 7 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte 7; Alec Burks, Utah 2; Norris Cole, Miami 2; Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter, Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma, Boston 1; Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans 1; Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 1.

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Jody Genessy

Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.

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