Antetokounmpo, the youngest player in the NBA this season, was selected 15th overall in last June’s draft by the Bucks and the Greek rookie flashed signs of his highly regarded potential throughout his first season.
Antetokounmpo, 19, wound up playing 24.6 minutes per game for the Bucks, starting 23 of the 77 games in which he appeared. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting .414/.347/.683.
Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers was the lone unanimous selection on the First Team. He was joined by Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz, Tim Hardaway Jr. of the New York Knicks, Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic and Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets.
The remainder of the Second Team included Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics and Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Antetokounmpo was the first Buck named to the All-Rookie team since Brandon Jennings was a First Team selection in 2009-10.
First overall pick Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers made a dubious list—he was the first No. 1 overall selection since Kwame Brown in 2001 to not be named to the All-Rookie Team for reasons other than injury. (Greg Oden in 2007-08 and Blake Griffin in 2009-10 missed their entire first seasons.)
Since joining the NBA in 1968, the following Bucks have been named to the All-Rookie Team:
- 1969-70: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Dandridge
- 1977-78: Marques Johnson
- 1993-94: Vin Baker
- 1994-95: Glenn Robinson
- 1996-97: Ray Allen
- 2003-04: T.J. Ford
- 2005-06: Andrew Bogut
- 2009-10: Brandon Jennings
Rookie guard Nate Wolters was one of 19 other players who received votes from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters.