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Generational talent: Wembanyama, Holmgren banner 2024 NBA All-Rookie 1st team


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Generational talent: Wembanyama, Holmgren banner 2024 NBA All-Rookie 1st team

SLENDER STARS. San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (left) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Chet Holmgren pose for photos

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Fast-rising stars Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren soar as unanimous 2024 NBA All-Rookie First Team selections among other stellar freshmen like Charlotte's Brandon Miller and Miami's Jaime Jaquez, Jr.

Unanimous selections Victor Wembanyama of the San Antonio Spurs and Chet Holmgren of the Oklahoma City Thunder headline the 2023-24 NBA All-Rookie first team announced on Monday (Tuesday, May 22, Manila time).

Both big men were named on all 99 ballots from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. They were joined by Charlotte Hornets wing Brandon Miller (97 first-team votes), Miami Heat forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. (89) and Golden State Warriors guard Brandin Podziemski (64).

The members of the All-Rookie second team are Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II, Houston Rockets guard-forward Amen Thompson, Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George, Thunder guard Cason Wallace and Memphis Grizzlies forward GG Jackson II.

Wembanyama, 20, was the consensus choice as this season’s Rookie of the Year. The 2023 NBA Draft’s No. 1 overall pick averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and a league-leading 3.6 blocks in 71 games.

Holmgren, 22, averaged 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while starting all 82 games. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft but sat out the 2022-23 season with a foot injury.

Miller, 21, was the No. 2 pick in the 2023 draft and averaged 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 74 games. He paced all first-year players with 184 made 3-pointers.

Jaquez, 23, averaged 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 75 games (20 starts) and finished in the top 10 in Sixth Man of the Year voting.

Podziemski, 21, contributed 9.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 74 games (28 starts) and finished third in the voting for the league’s Hustle Award. –

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