The NBA announced the list of players who made the 2019-2020 All-Rookie teams on Tuesday. The First Team is headlined by Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant — who won Rookie of the year — and New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson. Morant was the second overall pick while Williamson was selected first. Both are on their way to successful pro careers.
Morant was the easiest player to slot onto the First-Team Roster. He lead all rookies in points and assists and acted as the floor general for a Memphis Grizzlies team that barely missed the playoffs after losing to the Portland Trail Blazers in a play-in game.
Williamson’s selection was much more controversial. He only appeared in 24 regular season games, but was dominant when he did play. Williamson led all rookies in points per game (22.5) but his small sample size game him an advantage over his peers.
The remaining First-Team spots were filled by undrafted Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke, and Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall. Nunn finished second to Morant in ROY voting and was one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 class. Clarke was one of the most efficient players in the NBA. He and Morant are the first Grizzlies to make the All-Rookie First Team in the same year since Pau Gasol and Shane Battier did in the 2001-2002 season. Paschall took advantage of the the Warriors’ health issues and did a little but of everything for Golden State.
The NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team consisted of Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis II, Chicago Bulls guard Coby White, Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington, and Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura.