For the second straight season, the Knicks have a selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Willy Hernangomez joined his buddy Kristaps Porzingis in the All-Rookie club, edging out the Nuggets’ Jamal Murray to join Malcolm Brogdon, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid and Buddy Hield on the first team.
Knicks' Willy Hernangomez named to NBA's All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announces.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 26, 2017
Willy becomes the sixth Knick in the last seven years to make an All-Rookie team — first-teamers included KP in 2015-16, Tim Hardaway, Jr. in 2013-14, Iman Shumpert in 2011-12 and Landry Fields in 2010-11, and Langston Galloway made the second team as one of the lone bright spots in the 2014-15 season.
Ron Baker took to Twitter to congratulate Willy, and introduced a new mystery:
I’ll conditionally* trade anyone who can figure out what the “80 min club” is a cookie, type of cookie to be named later.
The NBA awards show is tonight at 9 p.m. on TNT, but based off of the returns on the All-Rookie voting, it doesn’t seem that Willy will be in line to score the upset for Rookie of the Year:
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon and Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric have been unanimously selected to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today. Both players received all 100 First Team votes from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Joining Brogdon and Saric on the First Team are 76ers center Joel Embiid (171 points, 82 First Team votes), Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (154 points, 63 First Team votes) and New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (128 points, 44 First Team votes).
Regardless, congrats to Willy! Frank Ntilikina, you’re next, buddy!
*You can have the cookie if you can successfully wrestle a bear to the death. If these conditions are not met, celery sticks will be substituted and I get to eat the cookie.