The NBA has released his All-Rookie team, and the first team was headlined by Philadelphia 76ers forward/center Joel Embiid. The 22-year-old was selected with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, but didn’t step on the court for the first two seasons of his career due to nagging injuries in his right foot, which meant that 2016-17 could technically be considered his rookie year. This season, Embiid exploded for 20.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in 31 games, even garnering Rookie of the Year conversation before having his season cut short due to a knee injury. In any case, Embiid did enough in his shortened time to earn a first-team nod.
Embiid earned 82 of the 100 potential first team votes. Only two players received unanimous first team honors: 76ers forward Dario Saric and Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon. Saric was second in scoring among rookies, finishing the year with 12.8 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. Saric and Embiid are actually the first group of teammates to make the first team of the All-Rookie team since Kevin Durant and Jeff Green of the 2007-08 Seattle SuperSonics. Meanwhile, Brogdon far outperformed his second round status and led rookies in assists and steals, in addition to finishing second among rookies in free throw percentage. He also became the first ever Milwaukee Buck in franchise history to score a triple double in their rookie season.
The first team was rounded out by Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield and New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez. Hield had a rocky season early, getting traded by the team that drafted him, the New Orleans Pelicans, as part of a deal to move superstar Demarcus Cousins. But Hield performed decently for Sacramento, averaging 15.1 points per game since the trade. Hernangomez actually led rookies in field goal percentage, with 52.9%.