Harrison Barnes Named to 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie First Team
Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has been named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today.
Barnes, 20, averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.8 minutes over 81 games during his rookie NBA season in 2012-13. Among rookie leaders, he ranked fifth in scoring, 10th in rebounding, 10th in field goal percentage (.439) and seventh in three-point percentage (.359). The 6’8" forward started all 81 games in which he appeared, trailing only NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard (82) in number of games started by a rookie this season.
In the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Barnes is currently averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 39.1 minutes in 10 games. Over the first four games of the team’s current Conference Semifinals series against San Antonio, the Ames, IA, native is averaging 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 44.5 minutes per contest, including a career-high (playoff or regular season) 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors 97-87 overtime victory over the Spurs in Game 4 on Sunday, May 12. The seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Barnes is just the second player in the last nine seasons to earn First Team All-Rookie honors and advance to the Conference Semifinals in the same season, joining San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, who did so in 2011-12.
This marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Warriors have had a First Team All-Rookie selection, as Barnes follows in the footsteps of Stephen Curry (2009-10) and Klay Thompson (2011-12). Including starting center Andrew Bogut (2005-06), four of Golden State’s current starting five were named First Team All-Rookie.
Joining Barnes on the NBA All-Rookie First Team are Portland’s Lillard, Washington’s Bradley Beal, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and Cleveland’s Dion Waiters.
Warriors rookies Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green both received one Second Team vote each.
The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.
Below are the results of the balloting for the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.