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The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins received 130 First Team votes for 260 points - NBA photo


The Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic received (128 First Team votes for 258 points) - NBA photo







NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ANDREW WIGGINS HEADLINES 2014-15 NBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM - Wiggins is joined on the First Team by the Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic (128 First Team votes, 258 points) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year, headlines the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced. Wiggins was the lone unanimous choice, receiving 130 First Team votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Wiggins is joined on the First Team by the Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic (128 First Team votes, 258 points), the Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel (125 First Team votes, 252 points), the Orlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton (121 First Team votes, 250 points) and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson (74 First Team votes, 200 points).

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of the Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (142 points, 28 First Team votes), the Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine (135 points, 22 First Team votes), the Brooklyn Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic (107 points, seven First Team votes), the Denver Nuggets’ Jusuf Nurkic (97 points, three First Team votes) and the New York Knicks’ Langston Galloway (72 points, seven First Team votes).

The panel was asked to select five players for the First Team and five players for the Second Team, regardless of position. Two points were awarded for First Team votes and one for Second Team votes.

Wiggins averaged a rookie-high 16.9 points, the second-best mark by a first-year player in Minnesota history, behind Christian Laettner’s 18.2 points in 1992-93. He appeared in all 82 games and ranked fourth in the NBA with a rookie-leading 36.2 minutes, the highest average ever by a Timberwolves rookie. Wiggins, the first Canadian-born winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, won NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors four times.

Mirotic also appeared in all 82 games, averaging 10.2 points in 20.2 minutes. He was the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December and March. Mirotic paced all rookies and the Bulls in scoring (20.8 ppg) in March, when he also led the NBA in total fourth-quarter points (136) and fourth-quarter scoring average (9.1).

Noel led all rookies in rebounding (8.1 rpg), steals (1.77 spg, 10th in the NBA) and blocks (1.89 bpg, seventh in the league). He was the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in both steals and blocks. Noel became the second rookie in NBA history to average at least 1.50 steals and 1.50 blocks; David Robinson accomplished the feat in 1989-90.

The NBA All-Rookie First Team is rounded out by Payton, the rookie leader in assists (6.5 apg), and Clarkson, who averaged 16.7 points in 28 games after the All-Star break and was named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March.


May 20, 1979 Washington reserve Larry Wright hit two free throws with no time on the clock to give his club a 99-97 victory in the opening game of the NBA Finals against Seattle. Wright’s clutch shots gave him 26 points in just 23 minutes and led the Bullets to their only victory of the five-game championship series.

May 20, 1995 Houston’s Mario Elie sank a three-pointer from the corner with 7.1 seconds left in the game, lifting the visiting Rockets to a 115-114 win over Phoenix in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal Round series at America West Arena. With the win, the Rockets became the first NBA team in 13 years (since the ‘82 Sixers against Boston) to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 playoff series. Houston’s victory also broke a string of 20 consecutive wins by the home team in the deciding Game 7 of a playoff series. Just 24 hours later, Indiana repeated that feat by the road team after downing host New York 97-95 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Round series.

May 20, 1996 Chicago’s Michael Jordan earns a record 96.5 percent of first-place votes (109 of 113) from the media to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 1995-96 NBA Most Valuable Player, his fourth overall NBA MVP Award. Jordan’s MVP stats include 30.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.20 steals per game

May 20, 2000 Malik Sealy of the Minnesota Timberwolves dies in an auto accident at the age of 30. Sealy starred at Tolentine High School in the Bronx, leading the school to the mythical high school national championship in 1988. Later that year, he took his game to St. John’s, where he carved out a stellar career, putting together numbers bettered only by Chris Mullin. Sealy was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 14th pick in the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft, and he played with Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit and Minnesota in an eight-year NBA career.

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