Greg Monroe jobbed again, makes All-Rookie second team

Greg Monroe should have become the first Piston since Grant Hill in 1995 to make the All-Rookie first team. Instead, he became Detroit’s fourth All-Rookie second teamer since then, according to Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet New England. Monroe joins Jonas Jerebko, Rodney Stuckey and Zeljko Rebraca as All-Rookie second-team Pistons.

The media voted Monroe sixth for Rookie of the Yearwhich I found pretty ridiculousbut coaches had the chance to right the writers’ wrong. Instead, they continued the mistake, opting for Landry Fields and Gary Neal ahead of Monroe. I’d argue Monroe should place ahead of DeMarcus Cousins, too, but the case isn’t as clear there.

If it’s any consolation, Monroe, who was already a TrueHoop Network All-Rookie first-team member, has become the people’s All-Rookie first teamer.

Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated:

I get that Detroit was something of an NBA Siberia this season, but Monroe belonged on the first All-Rookie team.

Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm:

Wait, Monroe didn’t make 1st team?!

Akis Yerocostas of Pick and Scroll:

Monroe should’ve been on the 1st team over Fields or Neal.

Matt Dery of 97.1 The Ticket:

Gary Neal is a very good player and his story is great. BUT.. Greg Monroe should have been on the All-Rookie First Team. Period. #Pistons

Voting

Neal edged Monroe by just two points, which I guess shows the coaches were barely wrong. Monroe was one of just three players – along with Blake Griffin and John Wall – to appear on the maximum 29 ballots. (Coaches can’t vote for their own players.) Here’s the complete voting:

2010-11 T-Mobile All-Rookie First Team
Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Blake Griffin Clippers 29 - 58
John Wall Wizards 28 1 57
Landry Fields Knicks 28 - 56
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento 26 2 54
Gary Neal San Antonio 18 8 44
2010-11 T-Mobile All-Rookie Second Team
Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Greg Monroe Pistons 13 16 42
Wesley Johnson Timberwolves 4 18 26
Eric Bledsoe Clippers - 19 19
Derrick Favors Jazz 1 16 18
Paul George Pacers 1 12 12

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses): Ed Davis, Toronto, 10 (1); Evan Turner, Philadelphia, 12; Jordan Crawford, Washington, 12; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 7; Omer Asik, Chicago, 6 (1); Patrick Patterson, Houston, 5; Al-Farouq Aminu, Los Angeles Clippers, 3; Tiago Splitter, San Antonio, 3; Trevor Booker, Washington, 1; Christian Eyenga, Cleveland, 1; Ekpe Udoh, Golden State, 1.

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