Greg Monroe could still make NBA’s All-Rookie first team, despite sixth place showing in Rookie of the Year voting

Greg Monroe got totally subbed with his sixth-place finish in Rookie of the Year voting, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make the All-Rookie first team. As Kevin Pelton correctly pointed out, NBA coaches vote for the All-Rookie teams, which aren’t position specific. So, Rookie of the Year voting, which is done by the media, doesn’t directly impact the All-Rookie teams.

In fact, there’s a history of the coaches disagreeing with the media’s Rookie of the Year voting.

Rookie of the Year voters began picking first, second and third place for the award in 2004. Before that, fewer than five players typically received votes in a given year. But since 2004, the coaches have often replaced one of the top-five Rookie of the Year vote getters with a different selection for the All-Rookie first team.


Michael Beasley, who finished seventh in Rookie of the Year voting, replaced Eric Gordon.


Jeff Green, who didn’t get an ROY votes, replaced Jamario Moon.


LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished seventh, and Jorge Garbajosa, who finished eighth, tied to replace Adam Morrison.


Deron Williams, who finished sixth (but received the lone first-place that didn’t go to Chris Paul), replaced Raymond Felton.

So, if the coaches vote more wisely than the media did, Monroe would become the first Piston to make the All-Rookie first team since Grant Hill in 1995. Jonas Jerebko (2010), Rodney Stuckey (2008) and Zeljko Rebraca (2002) made the All-Rookie second team since then.

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