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Wizards guard Bradley Beal gets NBA all-rookie first team honors

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Sports,NBA,Wizards,Craig Stouffer

Joined on first team by Lillard and Davis

Wizards rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal was named to the NBA all-rookie first team, earning 28 of a possible 29 first-place votes from NBA coaches.

Beal, the third overall pick in last year's draft, tied with Pelicans forward Anthony Davis for the second-most votes behind Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, the only a unanimous pick. The 19-year-old St. Louis native, who played college ball at Florida, was third in rookie of the year voting behind Lillard and Davis.

Beal played in 56 games (46 starts) last season, averaging 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He shot .410 from the field and .386 from 3-point range, finishing third among rookies in scoring, second in minutes per game and fourth in 3-point percentage. Beal scored a career-high 29 points in a 96-88 loss to New York on March 1, a game in which he also had 11 rebounds for one of three double-doubles on the season. He set the Wizards rookie record with 91 3-pointers before missing the final eight games of the year with a stress injury in his right fibula.

Beal is the 15th rookie in franchise history to receive NBA all-rookie first team honors, the first since John Wall in 2011. Before Beal and Wall, the last player for the franchise named to the all-rookie first team was Tom Gugliotta in 1993.

Among first-year players, Lillard, the sixth pick in last June's draft, ranked first in scoring (19 ppg), assists (6.5 apg) and minutes (39.6 per game). Davis, the top overall pick, averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in 64 games. He also excelled after the All-Star break, averaging 15.3 points on .520 shooting from the field and 9.3 rebounds.

Cleveland guard Dion Waiters and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes rounded out the first team. The second team included Detroit center Andre Drummond, Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas, Charlotte forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Detroit forward Kyle Singler and Cleveland forward Tyler Zeller.

Other players to receive first-team votes were Orlando forward Maurice Harkless, Minnesota guard Alexey Shved and New York forward Chris Copeland.

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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