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Zion Williamson named to 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team

To no one’s surprise, Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker fail to make either of this season’s rookie teams.

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Zion Williamson was named to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team today, joining Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke, and Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall.

The New Orleans Pelicans superstar forward finished with the fourth most voting points (176), finishing ahead of only Paschall (115) on this All-Rookie First Team.

Williamson averaged 22.5 points (first among all rookies), 6.3 rebounds (second among all rookies) and 2.1 assists through 24 games during the 2019-20 season. He posted the highest scoring average through his first 24 career NBA games since Michael Jordan (1983).

The first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft becomes the fifth player in New Orleans franchise history to earn All-Rookie honors and the fourth named to the First Team, joining Chris Paul (First Team 2005-06), Darren Collison (First Team 2009-10), Marcus Thornton (Second Team 2009-10) and Anthony Davis (First Team 2012-13).

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Davis, Chicago Bulls guard Coby White, Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington and Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura made the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie second team.

Pelicans rookie guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker failed to earn a single vote, but Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes did manage to accumulate five Second Team Votes.

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