Knicks rookie swingman RJ Barrett didn’t make the cut on either first or second NBA All-Rookie teams despite finishing fifth in scoring.
The NBA released its All-Rookie First and Second Teams on Tuesday, with no New York Knicks represented. First-year swingman R.J. Barrett was not voted into either team in spite of placing fifth in total points scored by rookies and third in points per game.
Barrett, 20, received the next most votes but narrowly missed the cut, per The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov.
Knicks wing RJ Barrett didn't make the first or second All-Rookie team but he was the next highest vote getter. He finished 11th in voting with 10 first team votes and 41 second team votes, but finished 13 points behind Rui Hachimura for the last All-Rookie 2nd team spot. pic.twitter.com/Ex24biHNEt
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 15, 2020
Last season saw then-first-year center Mitchell Robinson earn a second-team All-Rookie nod while the Knicks’ first-round pick from the 2018 NBA Draft, forward Kevin Knox, did not make either team. The year prior had no member of New York make a team, but before that there was a four-year stretch of consecutive Knicks rookies getting honored.
Whether Barrett’s absence from the All-Rookie teams is a verified snub or not is up to debate. The following first-year players made the All-Rookie teams:
- All-Rookie First Team: Ja Morant (Grizzlies), Zion Williamson (Pelicans), Brandon Clarke (Grizzlies), Kendrick Nunn (Heat), Eric Paschall (Warriors)
- All-Rookie Second Team: Coby White (Bulls), Tyler Herro (Heat), Terence Davis (Raptors), PJ Washington (Hornets), Rui Hachimura (Wizards)
Out of the players listed there, perhaps Barrett could have leapfrogged over Hachimura for a spot on the second team.