This time, it’s Jarrett Allen.
The Fro was left off the NBA All-Rookie Team Tuesday. No first team. No second team. In fact, he fell well short of the last spot, garnering 18 second team votes. Josh Jackson of Phoenix, who had the lowest number of votes on the second team, had 45.
But in a strong rookie class, headed by Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell —both unanimous choices, Allen finished 14th overall, eight spots above where he was taken in the 2017 Draft
Allen led all rookies in blocks with 88, and was top-10 in rebounding among rooks as well. Overall, he averaged 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game (10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as a starter). Still, it wasn’t enough for the 19-year-old Texan.
Allen didn’t put up a fuss.
You win some, you lose some... https://t.co/TFixQxagdO— Jarrett Allen (@_bigjayy_) May 22, 2018
Last season, Caris LeVert was memorably absent from the All-Rookie Teams, finishing 12th with 36 points, which was still 37 away behind ex-Net Yogi Ferrell – ironic when you consider how much more progress LeVert made this season.
And speaking of things that are ironic in hindsight, the last three Nets (after Brook Lopez) to make an All-Rookie Team status were Bojan Bogdanovic in 2014-15, Mason Plumlee in 2013-14 (who made it to the first team) and MarShon Brooks in (2011-12). None remain with the team.
Even the long-forgotten Marcus Williams made the cut in 2006-07.
So perhaps it doesn’t mean all that much.
Per an NBA press release, the teams break down as follows:
2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team
Kyle Kuzma, Lakers (16.1 ppg/6.3 rpg/45.0 FG%/36.6 3FG%)
Lauri Markkanen, Bulls (15.2 ppg/7.5 rpg/36.2 3FG%/84.3 FT%)
Donovan Mitchell, Jazz (20.5 ppg/3.7 rpg/3.7 apg/1.49 spg)
Ben Simmons, 76ers (15.8 ppg/8.2 apg/8.1 rpg/1.73 spg)
Jayson Tatum, Celtics (13.9 ppg/5.0 rpg/47.5 FG%/43.4 3FG%)
2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Lonzo Ball, Lakers (10.2 ppg/7.2 apg/6.9 rpg/1.69 spg)
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kings (11.8 ppg/3.3 apg/44.6 FG%/39.2 3FG%)
John Collins, Hawks (10.5 ppg/7.3 rpg/1.08 bpg/57.6 FG%)
Josh Jackson, Suns (13.1 ppg/4.6 rpg/1.04 spg/25.4 mpg)
Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks (15.2 ppg/5.2 apg/3.8 rpg/1.03 spg)
Here’s the vote totals. The first number is first place votes; the second total points:
Donovan Mitchell | Utah | 100 | -- | 200
Ben Simmons | Philadelphia | 100 -- | 200
Jayson Tatum | Boston | 99 | 1 | 199
Kyle Kuzma | Los Angeles Lakers | 93 | 7 | 193
Lauri Markkanen | Chicago | 76 | 21 | 173
All-Rookie Second Team
Dennis Smith Jr. | Dallas | 9 | 78 | 96
Lonzo Ball | Los Angeles Lakers | 7 | 73 | 87
John Collins | Atlanta | 5 | 66 | 76
Bogdan Bogdanovic | Sacramento | 6 | 63 | 75
Josh Jackson | Phoenix | 1 | 43 | 45
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (NBA All-Rookie First Team votes in parentheses): Bam Adebayo, Miami 44; De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento, 34; OG Anunoby, Toronto, 25 (2); Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn, 18; Dillon Brooks, Memphis, 14 (1); Jordan Bell, Golden State, 5; Royce O’Neale, Utah, 4; Zach Collins, Portland, 3; Milos Teodosic, LA Clippers, 3 (1); Luke Kennard, Detroit, 1; Frank Mason III, Sacramento, 1; Malik Monk, Charlotte, 1; Frank Ntilikina, New York, 1; Semi Ojeleye, Boston, 1; Sindarius Thornwell, LA Clippers, 1.
Given recent history, perhaps it isn’t all bad …