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Was De’Aaron Fox snubbed of NBA All-Rookie team?

With the All-Rookie teams announced, Fox was left off, despite a great rookie season.

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Yes, is the answer to that question.

When the NBA All-Rookie teams were released, it did not include former Wildcat De’Aaron Fox, some say he was snubbed and I tend to agree with that opinion.

The players on the all-rookie first team include: Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma, and Lauri Markkanen.

For the record, I have no issues with this list other than the fact that Simmons should not be considered a rookie, but under the current rules, he is and deserved to be first team.

The All-Rookie second team includes: Dennis Smith Jr, Lonzo Ball, John Collins, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Josh Jackson.

When I first looked at that team I was shocked to not see Fox on it and when I went to twitter I saw several people who agreed with me.

For the season, De’Aaron Fox averaged, 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1 steal while shooting 41% from the field.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the others that got in over him.

John Collins of the Hawks averaged 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1 block while shooting 57% from the field.

Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Kings averaged 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists while shooting 44% from the field.

Now, when I look at these stats and think back to the season and watching all of them, Fox stands out to be the better player over both. Bogdan’s stats are similar, but Fox has him in assists and steals.

When it comes to Lonzo Ball, he only played in 52 games this season, which is why I don’t believe he should even be eligible for consideration. Joel Embiid was snubbed of rookie of the year just because he didn’t play but about 50 games.

While Fox didn’t have the craziest stats in the world, I watched enough of NBA basketball this season to know that Fox had a much better year than people give him credit for.

Under John Calipari, we haven’t had very many years where none of his draft picks made the All-Rookie teams, and this shouldn’t have been a year that adds to that list.