Rodney McGruder finished just two points behind the final player named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Second Team in the voting results released by the NBA.
The Miami Heat’s rookie sensation was a big part of the team’s historic turnaround in the second half of the season as a starter and voters took noticed, with McGruder receiving 61 points, including seven first-place votes, to lead all rookies who received votes but did not make the First or the Second Team. McGruder in fact had 25 more points than the next rookie, Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets), on the list.
Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell finished with 63 points, including seven first-place votes, to round out the Second Team along with Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns), and Brandon Ingram (Los Angeles Lakers). The First Team features Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks), Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings), Willy Hernangomez (New York Knicks), Dario Saric and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers).
First-place votes are worth two points, with Brogdon and Saric unanimously voted to the First Team with 100 first-place votes each.
McGruder went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft and finally played in his first NBA season with the Miami Heat, appearing in 78 games and starting in 65, the fifth-most by a Heat rookie in team history, averaging 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.
Complete media ballots will be posted at NBA.com/official tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27).