Scottie Barnes Named Among NBA’s All-Rookie First Teamers – Sports Illustrated

It’s official. To nobody’s surprise, the NBA’s 2021-22 Rookie of the Year, Scottie Barnes, has earned first-team All-Rookie honors this season.

The Toronto Raptors forward became just the ninth player in franchise history to earn first-team honors, joining Damon Stoudamire, Marcus Camby, Vince Carter, Morris Peterson, Chris Bosh, Charlie Villanueva, Andrea Bargnani, and Jorge Garbajosa. Only 12 Raptors players have ever earned All-Rookie honors with Terence Davis being the most recent recipient of second-team All-Rookie honors in 2019-20.

Barnes, the surprising fourth pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game this season while shooting 49.2% from the floor. He set a career-high with 31 points on March 18 against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and finished just two assists shy of a triple-double in his first career playoff game, scoring 15 points and nabbing 10 rebounds in Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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The 20-year-old is joined on the first team by Detroit’s Cade Cunningham, Cleveland’s Evan Mobley, Orlando’s Franz Wagner, and Houston’s Jalen Green.

The NBA will announce the recipients of All-Defensive honors Friday, followed by the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award winner Sunday, and All-NBA honors on Tuesday, May 22. Fred VanVleet has been named a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award and could earn All-Defensive honors while Pascal Siakam is in the running for third-team All-NBA honors.

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