Brandon Knight can call himself an All-Rookie First Teamer. Barely. The voting, as you can see below via NBA.com, was incredibly close as Knight tied with Kawhi Leonard and Iman Shumpert with 40 points, although Knight got fewer first place votes than those two players.
The player who was clearly, clearly snubbed in the voting was Isaiah Thomas. He belonged on the First Team over the three who tied and over Klay Thompson as well. If I were picking just between the three who tied for that last first team spot, I would’ve picked Leonard. Gustavo Ayon of New Orleans, who only got one (!) vote was also a major snub in the voting.
Still though, I thought Knight was a deserving Second Team pick at worst, so I’m not going to complain one bit about a Piston coming out on the positive end of awards voting for once, especially after the major injustice of sticking Greg Monroe on the Second Team last year.
Oh, and for those who think the voting was weird/unfair, this award is voted on by the league’s 30 head coaches, not the media, if you’re interested in where to address your complaints.