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No former Cats on NBA All-Rookie teams for only second time under Calipari

The NBA released its All-Rookie selections on Tuesday and the list did not include a former Kentucky player for only the second time since John Calipari has been the head coach of the Wildcats.

De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo were UK’s only three rookies this past season, but they did not play well enough in their debut seasons to earn All-Rookie honors. The NBA’s 2013-14 season is the only other year UK failed to crack the two All-Rookie squads.

In those other years, Calipari has had 11 All-Rookie selections overall: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Nerlens Noel, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Jamal Murray.

This year, Bam Adebayo got robbed as he fell one point shy of the second team.

2017-18

First Team

Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls

Second Team

Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks
Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings
Josh Jackson, Phoenix Suns

2016-17

First Team

Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks
Dario Saric, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers
Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings
Willy Hernangomez, New York Knicks

Second Team

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Marquese Chriss, Phoenix Suns
Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers
Yogi Ferrell, Dallas Mavericks

2015-16

First Team

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers

Second Team

Justise Winslow, Miami Heat
D’Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers
Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings

2014-15

First Team

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
Nikola Mirotic, Denver Nuggets
Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers
Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic
Jordan Clarkson, L.A. Lakers

Second Team

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves
Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets
Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets
Langston Galloway, New York Knicks

2013-14

First Team

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia Sixers
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Trey Burke, Utah Jazz
Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks

Second Team

Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics,
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves
Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder

2012-13

First Team

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors

Second Team

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats
Kyle Singler, Detroit Pistons
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers

2011-12

First Team

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Iman Shumpert, New York Knicks
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons

Second Team

Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings
MarShon Brooks, New Jersey Nets
Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

2010-11

First Team

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Landry Fields, New York Knicks
Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
Gary Neal, San Antonio Spurs
John Wall, Washington Wizards

Second Team

Eric Bledsoe, LA Clippers
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Wesley Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for No former Cats on NBA All-Rookie teams for only second time under Calipari



  1. Azulgrande75
    2:43 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

    I’m a UK fan not an NBA fan, pursue another topic.



    • BlueSteel
      2:57 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

      So just because YOU are not a fan of the NBA, or at least a fan of UK players in the NBA, he should pursue another topic? Narcissistic much?



    • Christians 4 Trump
      3:52 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

      i wanna get to know and like the players while there here at UK,,, i could care less about them once they get in the nba



    • ClutchCargo
      4:10 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

      A lot of us actually do manage to be a fan of UK and the NBA. It’s not really that complicated. And I doubt those players could care less about “fans” like Christians 4 Trump.



    • plumloopy
      10:53 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

      Seriously? “Christians 4 Trump?!”



  2. Daddyof3Ballers
    2:57 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

    You lost me at Lonzo Ball…



  3. Truman Claytor
    5:48 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

    Next year will be the third time, unless Knox manages to end up in the perfect situation



  4. plumloopy
    10:54 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

    Given how dependent we are on freshman classes, any connection here with making Final Fours?