NBA Announces 2017/18 All-Rookie Teams

The NBA has officially announced its First and Second All-Rookie Teams for the 2017/18 season. Ben Simmons of the Sixers and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz – widely viewed as the top two contenders for this season’s Rookie of the Year award – were the only two players to be unanimously selected to the First Team. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum received 99 of 100 potential First Team votes.

Listed below are the NBA’s All-Rookie teams for 2017/18, with the player’s vote total in parentheses. Players received two points for a First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote.

First Team:

  • Ben Simmons, Sixers (200)
  • Donovan Mitchell, Jazz (200)
  • Jayson Tatum, Celtics (199)
  • Kyle Kuzma, Lakers (193)
  • Lauri Markkanen, Bulls (173)

Second Team:

Jackson, who received one First Team vote to go along with 43 Second Team votes, narrowly beat out Bam Adebayo of the Heat for the final spot on the Second Team — Adebayo finished with 44 points.

Outside of Adebayo and the 10 players who earned spots on the All-Rookie teams, 14 other players received votes, with De’Aaron Fox (Kings), OG Anunoby (Raptors), and Jarrett Allen (Nets) leading the way among that group.

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29 thoughts on “NBA Announces 2017/18 All-Rookie Teams

  1. chillywilly

    Josh Jackson was horrible this season. how do you justify him being voted in over Bam?

    • acarneglia

      Other than almost 1 more rebound a game, Jackson had a better season than Adebayo

      • chillywilly

        Josh Jackson played well…the last 2 weeks of the season and on a horrible team. A team so bad that it has the 1st pick in the draft… in other words he should’ve had big offensive numbers. Bam played for a playoff team and played big minutes and held his own..defensively he’s amazing..

  2. OCTraveler

    Wonder who will complain first – De’Aron Fox who rightfully can argue that he deserves the spot rather than Lonzo (Fox had similar stats and played 21 more games) or Lavar Ball who will argue that any player who is better than Michael Jordan should never be placed on a “second team”

  3. formerlyz

    All of Bam, OG, and Allen should have made it over Jackson, Bogdanovic, and Lonzo ball. Even Markkanen and Dennis Smith are questionable, to be honest, but they had prominent roles all season, even though it was on terrible teams

  4. aias

    Lonzo Ball’s Dad

    • stug14

      You forgot MVP, NHL Hart Trophy winner, NFL Defensive player of the year and 4th Grade spelling bee champion.

      • moazetongue

        And the talking heads think LeBron is going to play for Big Baller.

  5. hiflew

    How can this be call All Rookie TEAMS when there are no centers on either? I get that the traditional big man is currently not sexy, but the position still exists. One of Adebayo, Allen, and Jordan Bell all deserved a spot over either Lonzo Ball or Dennis Smith. You don’t need 2 PGs on a “team.”

    • Itrainsontuesday

      Unlike All NBA and All Defensive Teams, the rookie teams are simply the top 10 rookies. This allows for if the 3 best rookies play the same position to all make the first team.

      • hiflew

        I know WHY they do it, I’m saying it shouldn’t happen. A guard is almost always going to get better stats than a center in today’s NBA. It’s just the way the game is flowing right now.

    • formerlyz

      Wait, ya how is Jordan Bell not 1st team all rookie, or on either 1st or 2nd team at all?

  6. hiflew

    The top 4 were obvious, but I think John Collins should be in over Markkanen. Not a huge error in my mind though. The biggest omission, after the center position, was Dillon Brooks. I think he deserved the spot over Josh Jackson.

    I had the 1st
    Simmons, Mitchell, Tatum, Kuzma, Collins

    Ball, Bogdanovic, Markkanen, Brooks, Adebayo

    I could have easily seen someone going with Smith or Fox over Ball and Allen or Bell over Bam. The truth is that there were a lot of pretty good rookies this season. When you have good players left off the top 10, it usually means you have more than 10 good players. Like last year, when at least the top 4 2017 rookies would have beaten Brogdon for ROY, that is not always the case.

  7. It’s always comical to look back on these a few years later. Putting Simmons aside, if I could have one player from the class it would be Markkanen, followed by Tatum, Mitchell and (although he missed time) Anunoby. Collins and Kuzma played great, but I’m not sure either has the same upside. The PGs were all horrible, even by rookie standards (which are low at PG).

  8. cesc

    For me looking only at their performance my teams would be
    Lonzo Ball
    Donovan Mitchell
    Ben Simmons
    Lauri Markkanen
    John Collins
    D Smith Jr
    B Bogdanovic
    Jayson Tatum
    Kyle Kuzma
    Jarrett Allen
    I know people will disagree but that’s my opinion, for this year this is been how they performed for me.

    • OCTraveler

      Ball over Tatum or Kuzma sounds like the choice of someone who drank too much of the Kool-Aid and paid $600 for a pair of Ball Brand basketball shoes

  9. murwin

    I’ll stick with Jackson. Over last 2 months posted 18 Pts/ 6 boards on bad team. When booker and Warren were out he was consistently doubled up and still contributed. It’d still take him over all but Smith on 2nd team.

  10. x%sure

    Since the “teams”are positionless, a simple 1 through 15 or so ranking would suffice. No need to continue the list into the text.

  11. the dude

    Does Donovan Mitchell consider Bogdan Bogdanovic a rookie or is he just mad at Ben Simmons?

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