Booker named to NBA All-Rookie First Team

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was named to the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the league announced today. 

Booker becomes the 13th player in franchise history to earn All-Rookie honors, the ninth named to the First Team, and the first since Amar’e Stoudemire was named to the First Team in 2002-03. Booker and Stoudemire are joined by Joe Johnson (Second Team), Shawn Marion (Second Team), Michael Finley, Wesley Person (Second Team), Richard Dumas (Second Team), Armon Gilliam, Walter Davis, Ron Lee, Alvan Adams, Mike Bantom and Gary Gregor as Suns recognized for their outstanding debut seasons.

The NBA’s fourth-leading rookie with a scoring average of 13.8 points in 76 games, Booker averaged 18.5 points over the season’s final 44 games after permanently joining the starting lineup on Jan. 8. Booker led all rookies by shooting 84.0 percent from the free throw line and by recording six games with 30-plus points, the most by any NBA rookie since Blake Griffin in 2010-11 and the most by a Suns rookie since Davis in 1977-78. Only 19 years old, Booker totaled 1,048 points to become just the sixth teenager in NBA history to surpass 1,000 career points, joining LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard.

Totaling 231 points in the balloting, Booker received 103 of 130 possible First Team votes, the third-most of any rookie in the voting. He was joined on the First Team by Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor.

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consisted of Miami’s Justise Winslow, the L.A. Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay, Indiana’s Myles Turner and Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein.

The voting panel consisted of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The panel was asked to select five players for the First Team and five players for the Second Team at any position. Two points were awarded for First Team votes and one point for Second Team votes.

Below are the voting results for the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

2015-16 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

Player, Team                                           First (2pt)       Second (1 pt)              Total Points

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota           130                  -                                   260

Kristaps Porzingis, New York                 130                  -                                   260           

Devin Booker, Phoenix                          103                  25                                231

Nikola Jokic, Denver                               73                    40                                186

Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia                      71                    44                                186

2015-16 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

Player, Team                                           First (2pt)       Second (1 pt)              Total Points

Justise Winslow, Miami                           44                    63                                151

D’Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers                25                    92                                142

Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver                    35                    70                                140

Myles Turner, Indiana                             28                    83                                139

Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento             2                      46                                50

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first-place votes in parentheses): Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte, 47 (2); Josh Richardson, Miami, 47 (4); Stanley Johnson, Detroit, 42 (1); Trey Lyles, Utah, 26; Bobby Portis, Chicago, 13; T.J. McConnell, Philadelphia, 2 (7); Mario Hezonja, Orlando, 4; Larry Nance Jr., Los Angeles Lakers, 3; Norman Powell, Toronto, 3; Justin Anderson, Dallas, 2; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn, 2; Boban Marjanovic, San Antonio, 2; Jonathon Simmons, San Antonio, 2; Jerian Grant, New York, 1; Marcelo Huertas, Los Angeles Lakers, 1; Raul Neto, Utah, 1; Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City, 1; Joe Young, Indiana, 1.

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