NBA Announces 2018/19 All-Rookie Teams

The NBA has officially announced its All-Rookie teams for the 2018/19 season. Luka Doncic of the Mavericks and Trae Young of the Hawks – widely viewed as the only two legit contenders for this season’s Rookie of the Year award – were also the only two players to be unanimously selected to the First Team, receiving 100 out of 100 possible votes.

Suns center Deandre Ayton nearly joined them as another unanimous First Team pick. However, he was listed on the Second Team on five ballots, with 95 First Team votes. Kings forward Marvin Bagley was the only other player to be named on all 100 ballots, receiving 56 First Team votes.

Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. rounded out the First Team, ensuring that all five players in that group were top-five picks in the 2018 draft.

Listed below are the NBA’s All-Rookie teams for 2018/19, 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:

Second Team:

Of the players who missed out on All-Rookie honors, Suns forward Mikal Bridges came the closest, with 31 points, followed by Knicks forward Kevin Knox (22 points). None of the 10 other rookies who earned votes earned more than 12 points, though Josh Okogie (Timberwolves) and Miles Bridges (Hornets) each received one First Team vote.

The full voting results can be found within the NBA’s press release.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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26 thoughts on “NBA Announces 2018/19 All-Rookie Teams

  1. Jason Lancaster

    Where are all the “Sexton is a bust” people? Or the “Trae Young is a bust” people?

    They used to comment here just a few months ago…

    • I was a Luca is a bust guy last summer.

      Waaaaay off on that one LOL

      Can’t wait to read my own takes on this Summer’s draft class !!

    • hiflew

      I was the one that basically guaranteed Trae Young would be great IF he was drafted by the Hawks. I only pat myself on the back for that one because the year before I made the claim that Josh Jackson was going to be the best player in the 2017 class and the Celtics would rue the day they drafted Jayson Tatum ahead of him.

      • x%sure

        So your 2019 prediction is…

        I’m already basically down with Culver eventually playing the 1 and Clarke as 1st team allrookie.

  2. hiflew

    This actually shows that teams did a very good job drafting last year. How often do the top 5 picks actually become the top 5 rookies? I can’t think of it ever happening.

      • hiflew

        Thank you. And an excellent slap in the face to anyone that still considers Sam Bowie a bust.

          • hiflew

            If you consider a player that lasted 10 seasons in the league one of the biggest busts, then you deserve slapping.

            • I only say so for these reasons….

              He suited up for just 500 games in 11 seasons,

              He reached double figures in rebounding in only one season,

              He reached 16 points a game in only one season.

              He was the 2nd guy taken in an incredible draft.

              • hiflew

                I counter with

                He suited up for 10 seasons and missed one with injury. Still an impressive feat.

                He reached double figures in rebounding for 1 season. And over 7 rebounds per game in 5 other seasons.

                He reached 16 points a game in 1 season. And 14.7 and 15.0 in two other seasons. And double figures in 3 additional seasons.

                There are LOTS of top 5 picks that did not come anywhere close to those milestones.

                In addition, being a bust really should not have anything to do with the strength of the draft. 2006 was a relatively weak overall draft, does that mean Adam Morrison wasn’t that big a bust? 2000 was one of the worst classes of all time, but that doesn’t make Marcus Fizer not a bust.

                If you want to call Bowie’s career disappointing, that’s reasonable. If you want to call him injury prone, that’s also reasonable. But he is not one of the biggest busts. That label should be reserved for guys like Marcus Fizer, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Darko Milicic, Adam Morrison, Hasheem Thabeet, Anthony Bennett, and probably Dragan Bender. And that is just since 2000. All of them FAR worse than Sam Bowie.

  3. OhThatYoGirl

    That’s some bullshit. Sexton deserved first team over Bagley and Jackson.

    • Michael Chaney

      I’m a Cavs fan and even I wouldn’t argue that Sexton deserved it over them. He was probably the sixth best rookie (and it’s a great class so you could make cases for a lot of guys), but I understand why he wasn’t first team.

      • OhThatYoGirl

        Jaren Jackson didn’t step on the court in the 2nd half of the season at all. Sexton’s turnaround was historic and his 2nd half was much better than Jackson’s first half.

        • x%sure

          IMO The Cavs were overly aggressive in pushing Sexton forward for recognition, at the expense of other more team-oriented goals. He does not deserve further crediting than he has, allrookie 2nd. He has talent enough to support that.

          • knickscavsfan

            I don’t understand your point. How did the Cavs “push him forward” for recognition? Because they featured him more once they fired Lue? Please explain. No shade.

            • x%sure

              Firstly at the start of the year, players were told things would revolve around Sexton. That would be abrupt for a player who thought, now that James is gone, it’s going to be a team thing, and I will get more shots. Of course the team did need a new focus.

              …Then after Love returned, the Cavs and the other 3 worst teams went on a “winning binge”(in that they played about 50/50). That ended with new instructions to the team that Sexton was to get his shots and would be promoted for ROY with notices in the media presumably paid for.
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              Well I am skeptical by nature, maybe too much, but I believe this and don’t like it. And I’m wary about a high ppg on a bad team.

    • hiflew

      I appreciate that they pretty much stuck to traditional positional alignments in choosing the teams. In most rookie years guards are going to have better stats than forwards and centers. The positions just lend themselves to better stats. Traditional big man stats like rebounds and blocks aren’t as sexy as guard stats like scoring, assists, and steals.

      Sexton was good, but not as good as Young and Doncic.

  4. 1) Trae, Luka, MBIII, Ayton, Mitchell Robinson
    2) SGA, Sexton, Huerter, Mikal Bridges, JJJ

  5. knickscavsfan

    I love Mitchell Robinson’s motor. He would HAVE to be included in any trade for AD right?

    Just imagining Zion and Mitchell together is scary.

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