Surprise, surprise, more Kentucky Wildcats earned awards for the 2019-20 NBA season.
This time, it was a pair of rookies, Tyler Herro from the Miami Heat and P.J. Washington from the Charlotte Hornets, who received honors as two of the league’s top rookies. Both were named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team on Tuesday afternoon. Washington was drafted 12th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft with Herro going right after him at No. 13.
Joining them on the Second Team are Coby White (CHI), Terence Davis II (TOR), and Rui Hachimura (WAS) while the First-Team consisted of Ja Morant (MEM: who was named Rookie of the Year not long ago), Kendrick Nunn (MIA), Zion Williamson (NOP), Brandon Clarke (MEM), and Eric Paschall (GSW).
2019-20 NBA All-Rookie teams:
First team: Ja Morant, Kendrick Nunn, Zion Williamson, Brandon Clarke, Eric Paschall
Second team: Coby White, Tyler Herro, Terence Davis II, PJ Washington, Rui Hachimura
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Washington was the early surprise for Charlotte this season, immediately announcing his presence to the NBA world with a 27-point debut that saw him drill seven triples in a win over the Chicago Bulls. He would quickly insert himself as a necessary component to the Hornets rotation and started all but one of the 58 games he played in. Washington averaged 12.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in his first season while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 37.4 from deep, establishing himself as an agile stretch forward.
Herro, on the other hand, probably would have been an easy choice for the First Team had voters been allowed to consider his play inside the Orlando Bubble (He actually missed out on that feat by one point to Eric Paschall). While Washington’s Hornets squad never even made the trip to Florida, Herro’s Miami Heat squad has made it all the way to the Conference Finals and he’s been a massive reason why. Herro has seen his minutes and numbers shoot up during the playoffs and he’s hit several key shots for Miami throughout their current run. Their quest for an NBA Finals berth begins on Tuesday with a 6:40 p.m. tipoff against the Boston Celtics.
The future is bright for both Herro and Washington; this is only the beginning.