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Tyler Herro and P.J. Washington named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team



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).

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

3 Comments for Tyler Herro and P.J. Washington named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

  1. Not Dan Issel
    6:27 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    PJ has had a great year, but if you have watched the Heat at all this year, what Tyler Herro has done is just amazing. He has become a vital cog in the works of that team, and the great thing about Miami is that they play as a team. He sure doesn’t look like a rookie when he is in the game.

    • KentuckyVSEveryone
      6:55 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

      Could not agree more Not Dan Issel! He looks like he has been in the league for years…no fear, no hesitation, for he is just a baller! But that’s who he is, that who he has been his whole life. He has been doubted for so long, saying he’s not quick enough, not good enough on defense, etc. and that fuels him. He really believes that he is the best player on the court and that type of confidence is hard to come by. Some people think he’s cocky, but that is just how he plays. I have watched them all year and he has been the key player coming off of the bench. He has a BRIGHT future. Pat Riley loves players from his alma mater

  2. nocode96
    9:40 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Zack, please make sure we get a gif tomorrow of Bam’s block he just had! W0W!