The Magic made it pretty clear -- particularly at the end of the season -- they were going to go young and play their rookies and young players to speed along their development. Orlando was not expecting any of its rookies to win the Rookie of the Year. Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O'Quinn and DeQuan Jones were bringing brought along slowly.
They all still had great seasons. Harkless and Nicholson seemed to have good enough seasons to gain All-Rookie team consideration.
Nope. Not so much.
The NBA announced its All-Rookie teams Tuesday and the Magic's rookies were left off. NBA Rookie of the Year and Portland guard Damian Lillard headlined the first team and the lone unanimous selection along with Washington's Bradley Beal, New Orleans' Anthony Davis (the top overall pick), Cleveland's Dion Waiters and Golden State's Harrison Barnes. The second team is Detroit's Andre Drummond, Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas, Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Detroit's Kyle Singler and Cleveland's Tyler Zeller.
The All-Rookie teams are voted on by the coaches and are selected regardless of position.
Maurice Harkless, for what it is worth, was the first player left off the second team. He actually tied Zeller with 15 points and apparently lost because he received only one first place vote to Zeller's three. Hopefully it keeps him hungry.no comments