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Monday / September 23.
  • Luka Dončić , Trae Young unanimously selected to NBA All-Rookie Team

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    Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

    Dončić and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each.  They are joined on the NBA All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes). 

    The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team is composed of the top five picks in NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm®: Ayton (No. 1), Bagley (No. 2), Dončić (No. 3), Jackson (No. 4) and Young (No. 5).

    This marks the first time since the 1984-85 season that the top five picks in the previous NBA Draft have all been selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team (there was no All-Rookie Second Team that season).  Thirty-four years ago, the NBA All-Rookie Team honorees were Hakeem Olajuwon (No. 1 pick in 1984), Sam Bowie (No. 2), Michael Jordan (No. 3), Sam Perkins (No. 4) and Charles Barkley (No. 5).

    Dončić, Young and Ayton are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award.  The winner will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  The third annual NBA Awards, honoring this season’s top performers, will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.      

    The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (132), Clippers guard Landry Shamet (85), New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (77) and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (45).

    The NBA All-Rookie Teams were selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.  The media voted for five players for the NBA All-Rookie First Team and five players for the Second Team at any position.  Players received two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote.

    Complete voting results by media member will be posted at pr.nba.com the night of the 2019 NBA Awards presented by KiaClick here for the list of 100 media voters for the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Teams.   

    Below are the voting results for the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Teams.  The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP.

    2018-19 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
    Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points
    Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks 100 200
    Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks 100 200
    Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns 95 5 195
    Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies 60 39 159
    Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings 56 44 156
    2018-19 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
    Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LA Clippers 40 58 138
    Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers 39 54 132
    Landry Shamet, LA Clippers 3 79 85
    Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks 3 71 77
    Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks 1 43 45
    OTHER PLAYERS RECEIVING VOTES
    Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points
    Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns 1 29 31
    Kevin Knox, New York Knicks 22 22
    Josh Okogie, Minnesota Timberwolves 1 10 12
    Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks 10 10
    Allonzo Trier, New York Knicks 10 10
    Rodions Kurucs, Brooklyn Nets 9 9
    Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago Bulls 7 7
    Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets 1 4 6
    Bruce Brown, Detroit Pistons 2 2
    Harry Giles III, Sacramento Kings 2 2
    Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic 1 1
    Aaron Holiday, Indiana Pacers 1 1


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.