Heat center Bam Adebayo was snubbed when it came to being recognized as one of the league’s top rookies, falling one vote short of the NBA’s All-Rookie second team.
Adebayo, the 14th overall pick in last June’s draft, was first among other players receiving votes, finishing one vote behind Phoenix’s Josh Jackson for the final spot in the All-Rookie second team.
John Collins, the Atlanta rookie who was raised in suburban West Palm Beach and a Cardinal Newman High School graduate, was on the second team. Collins averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. He received five first-team votes and 66 second team.
Adebayo, 20, averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.6 blocks in 69 games, including 19 starts. He had seven double-doubles while shooting 51.2 percent from the field. Adebayo averaged 19.8 minutes per game.
Among rookies, Adebayo was 21st in scoring, sixth in rebounding, tied for 21st in assists, ninth in blocks, seventh in field goal percentage and seventh in double-doubles.
Heat president Pat Riley was impressed with Adebayo’s maturity. Adebayo spent one season at Kentucky before entering the draft.
“He’s very mature in the decisions that he makes, that he has made off the court, that he has made with the people that he surrounds himself with, his dedication to his mother and why he’s playing this game,” Riley said during the season. “It’s real and he’s real.”
Adebayo’s role expanded as starting center Hassan Whiteside’s minutes decreased, logging time alongside fellow big man Kelly Olynyk as part of the Heat’s second team and even playing some with Whiteside.
Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons were unanimous first-team selections with each receiving first-team votes on all 100 ballots from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters for 200 total points.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum (199 points) had 99 first-team votes and one second-team vote. Kyle Kuzma (193) of the Lakers and the Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (173) round out the first team.
The second team consists of Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. (96), the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (87), Collins (76), Sacramento’s Bogdan Bogdanovic (75) and Jackson (45).
Adebayo had 44 points. Next on the list with Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox with 34 points.
Below are the voting results for the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Teams from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.