Rockets guard Jalen Green and Raptors forward Scottie Barnes were named the Rookies of the Month for March/April in the Western Conference and Eastern Conference, respectively, the NBA announced on Monday (via Twitter).
Green got off to an up-and-down start this season but finished strong, averaging 22.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 3.2 APG on .484/.395/.763 shooting in 22 games in March and April. Barnes helped the Raptors secure the No. 5 seed in the East by putting up 16.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 4.0 APG on 50.5% shooting in his last 22 contests.
The NBA also announced its Coaches of the Month for March/April on Tuesday (Twitter link). Mavericks coach Jason Kidd won the Western award for a 16-5 run to the end of the season; Ime Udoka, whose Celtics finished with a 15-4 stretch, earned the honor in the East.
Here are a few more odds and ends from around the basketball world:
- Veteran forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has signed with Atléticos de San Germán, the Puerto Rican club announced on Monday (via Twitter). A former NBA first-round pick, Hollis-Jefferson played for Brooklyn, Toronto, and Portland from 2015-21, but spent most of the 2021/22 season in Turkey with Beşiktaş.
- ESPN writers Bobby Marks, Kevin Pelton, and Mike Schmitz (Insider link) ranked the NBA’s top 25 players under age 25 based on long-term potential, while The Athletic’s James L. Edwards III and Mike Vorkunov each picked a 15-man squad of under-age-25 players. Mavericks guard Luka Doncic topped ESPN’s list, followed by Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Grizzlies guard Ja Morant.
- Former NBA player and longtime Kings executive Wayne Cooper has passed away at age 65, writes Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. Cooper appeared in a total of 984 regular season games for Golden State, Utah, Dallas, Portland, and Denver from 1978-92, then served as Sacramento’s VP of basketball operations from 1997-2013.