Mar 15, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) in the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Carter-Williams NBA Rookie Of The Year; Giannis Antetokounmpo Ties For 7th


In a draft class that has been criticized for being one of the weakest in recent memories, it probably makes sense there was no consensus choice for Rookie of the Year.

Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers won the honor in voting announced Monday, receiving 104 of 124 first-place votes, one of five players to be marked at the top of at least one ballot.

Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic, the No. 2 overall pick, finished second, receiving 16 first-place votes. Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third, getting one first-place vote. Fourth-place finisher Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets got two first-place nods and Tim Hardaway Jr. of the New York Knicks received one first-place vote and was fifth in the balloting.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks tied for seventh in the voting, receiving one third-place vote.

Antetokounmpo played in 77 games for the Bucks this season. The 19-year-old from Greece who was taken 15th overall last June averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per game, starting 23 times. He shot .414/.347/.683 on the season and had a player efficiency rating of 10.8 (15 is the league average).

But he showed flashes of the potential that intrigued many scouts going into the draft:

Antetokounmpo was fourth among rookies with 4.4 rebounds per game and his 68.3 free-throw percentage and was fifth in minutes played (1,897).

His 23 starts were the 10th-most by a rookie last season. Carter-Williams was the only rookie to start every game in which he played.

Antetokounmpo had two double-doubles last season, getting 16 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes at Brooklyn on Dec. 27 and putting up 13 points and 11 boards in 38 minutes at Oklahoma City on Jan. 11.

The Bucks had five rookies see playing time for them last season.

Besides Antetokounmpo, second-round pick Nate Wolters averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 58 games, 31 of them starts, shooting .437/.290/.656 in 22.6 minutes per game. The rookie guard out of South Dakota State missed the last 12 games of the season with a broken left hand.

Miroslav Raduljica, a 26-year-old free agent from Serbia, played in 48 games, starting two, and averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes a game. The center shot 54 percent from the floor and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Free agent rookies Tony Mitchell and D.J. Stephens each played in three games for Milwaukee.

Mitchell, undrafted out of Alabama, signed a 10-day contract on March 4 and played 10 minutes, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

Stephens, who played collegiately at Memphis, was brought in on a 10-day contract on March 26. He logged 15 minutes, with seven points and five rebounds on 3-for-7 shooting.

The Bucks, after finishing a franchise-worst 15-67 last season, have the best chance of landing the top overall pick in this year’s draft at 25 percent. The draft lottery is scheduled for May 20.

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