Valanciunas Named To NBA All-Rookie Second Team

The NBA announced Tuesday that centre Jonas Valanciunas has been named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Valanciunas becomes the 10th player in team history to receive All-Rookie honours, joining Damon Stoudamire (1995-96), Marcus Camby (1996-97), Vince Carter (1998-99), Morris Peterson (2000-01), Chris Bosh (2003-04), Charlie Villanueva (2005-06), Andrea Bargnani (2006-07), Jorge Garbajosa (2006-07) and Jamario Moon (2007-08).

Valanciunas, a native of Utena, Lithuania, joined the Raptors after being selected fifth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and spending the 2011-12 season playing overseas. He finished the year ranked third among NBA rookies in rebounds (6.0), blocks (1.26) and field goal percentage (.557). Valanciunas also ranked seventh among rookies averaging 8.9 points.

Valanciunas became the fifth rookie in franchise history to start on opening night and the second to record a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in his debut October 31 versus Indiana. He was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March, averaging 11.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and shooting .620 from the field in 15 games. Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and set a team rookie record shooting 16-for-18 at the free throw line April 3 versus Washington.

2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard (Portland), is the lone unanimous first team selection with 58 total points, while Bradley Beal (Washington) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans) totaled 57 points each. Rounding out the first team are Dion Waiters (Cleveland) and Harrison Barnes (Golden State). Andre Drummond (Detroit), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte), Kyle Singler (Detroit) and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland) join Valanciunas as second team selections.

The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.


2012-13 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

PLAYER TEAM FIRST (2PT) SECOND (1PT) TOTAL
Damian Lillard Portland 29 58
Bradley Beal Washington 28 1 57
Anthony Davis New Orleans 28 1 57
Dion Waiters Cleveland 21 8 50
Harrison Barnes Golden State 18 11 47

 

2012-13 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

PLAYER TEAM FIRST (2PT) SECOND (1PT) TOTAL
Andre Drummond Detroit 10 15 35
Jonas Valanciunas Toronto 6 18 31
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte 3 23 29
Kyle Singler Detroit 1 15 17
Tyler Zeller Cleveland 3 9 15

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes): Maurice Harkless, Orlando, 14 (1); Alexey Shved, Minnesota, 14 (1); Chris Copeland, New York, 9 (1); Brian Roberts, New Orleans, 5; Andrew Nicholson, Orlando, 4; Jae Crowder, Dallas, 1; Festus Ezeli, Golden State, 1; Draymond Green, Golden State, 1; John Jenkins, Atlanta, 1; Terrence Jones, Houston, 1; Pablo Prigioni, New York, 1; Terrence Ross, Toronto, 1; Jeff Taylor, Charlotte, 1.

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