Former Iowa State star Tyrese Haliburton was named to the 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie First Team on Thursday evening, while former TCU guard Desmond Bane was named to the Second Team.
The former Big 12 players shined with their respective NBA teams this past season, with Bane reaching the playoffs with the Memphis Grizzles.
Haliburton, taken in the first round by the Sacramento Kings, finished the season averaged 13 points per game, third among all NBA rookies. He also averaged 5.3 assists per game, second among rookies. Haliburton had such a good start to the regular season that he earned the first two NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards.
Also selected to the first team were Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, Detroit’s Saddiq Bey, Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards and Houston’s Jae’Sean Tate.
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Bane, taken at the end of the first round by the Grizzles, carved out a role off the bench in his rookie season in the league. Bane averaged 9.2 points per game, shooting 43.2 percent from the 3-point line in 68 games.
Also making the second team was New York’s Immanuel Quickley, Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart, Cleveland’s Isaac Okoro and Chicago’s Patrick Williams.
Earlier this week, former Kansas center Joel Embiid was named to the 2020-21 All-NBA Second Team, the only Big 12 player to make the team. The first team consisted of Denver’s Nikola Jokić (who was also the NBA’s Most Valuable Player), Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Dallas’ Luka Dončić and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard.
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