Mason Plumlee was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team, as announced by the NBA Thursday evening. Plumlee ranked among the top 10 in rookies in scoring, rebounds, steals, blocks and field goal percentage while helping the Brooklyn Nets reach the second round of the NBA Playoffs.DURHAM, N.C. -- Former Duke All-America
Plumlee appeared in 70 games (22 starts) during his rookie season, averaging 7.4 points (8th among rookies) on 65.9% shooting (1st among rookies), 4.4 rebounds (t-4th among rookies), 0.70 steals (7th among rookies) and 0.79 blocks (t-4th among rookies) in 18.2 minutes per game. The Duke product was also first among all qualifying rookies in player efficiency rating (19.0), win shares (4.7) and true shooting percentage (67.0%) and played more minutes per game for a team that finished the regular season over .500 than any other rookie.
Plumlee scored in double figures 19 times, including 16 times after January 1st, and totaled four double-doubles. The Nets posted a 16-6 record in games Plumlee started. Selected by Brooklyn with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, Plumlee is the 13th player in Nets team history to be named to the All-Rookie Team (seven First Team selections and six Second Team selections).
Duke has now had 10 former players go on to earn NBA All-Rookie Team accolades with Plumlee joining Kyle Singler (2013), Kyrie Irving (2012), Luol Deng (2005), Shane Battier (2002), Elton Brand (2000), Grant Hill (1995), Christian Laettner (1993), Jack Marin (1967) and Art Heyman (1964).
Plumlee was joined on the first team by the Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams, the lone unanimous First Team selection, the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr.
The voting panel consisted of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada who were 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.
The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk, the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng, the Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller, and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams.
Ryan Kelly, a 2014 Duke graduate along with Plumlee, received 29 all-rookie team votes after a successful inaugural season with the LA Lakers. Kelly played in 59 games (25 starts) and averaged 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He also shot 34 percent from three-point range and over 81 percent from the free throw line on the year.
2013-14 All-Rookie First Team
Michael Carter-Williams | Sixers
Victor Oladipo | Magic
Trey Burke | Jazz
Mason Plumlee | Nets
Tim Hardaway Jr. | Knicks
2013-14 All-Rookie Second Team
Kelly Olynyk | Celtics
Giannis Antetokounmpo | Bucks
Gorgui Dieng | Timberwolves
Cody Zeller | Hornets
Steven Adams | Thunder
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses): Ben McLemore, Sacramento, 63 (4); Pero Antic, Atlanta, 62 (10); Nick Calathes Memphis, 39 (2); Ryan Kelly, L.A. Lakers, 29; Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland, 20 (3); Nate Wolters, Milwaukee, 20; Ray McCallum, Sacramento, 8; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit, 6; Hollis Thompson, Philadelphia, 5; Tony Snell, Chicago, 4; Phil Pressey, Boston, 2; Anthony Bennett, Cleveland, 1; Reggie Bullock, L.A. Clippers, 1; Robert Covington, Houston, 1; Alex Len, Phoenix, 1; C.J. McCollum, Portland, 1; Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota, 1; Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City, 1; Jeff Withey, New Orleans, 1.