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Nerlens Noel Named To 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Photo: Philly.com

Photo: Philly.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – MAY 18, 2015 – The Philadelphia 76ers announced that Nerlens Noel was named to the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team as voted on by a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Noel is the 11th player in franchise history to earn All-Rookie First Team honors.

In 75 games with 71 starts this season, Noel averaged 9.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.77 steals and 1.89 blocks. The last player to post those averages in a single season while playing at least 50 games was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994-95. Over his final 22 games played, Noel averaged 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.18 steals and 1.95 blocks.

Noel, who turned 21 years old last month, led all rookies in rebounding, steals, blocks and double-doubles (18). In addition to being the only player to rank top-10 in both steals and blocks this past season, Noel joined David Robinson as the only rookies in NBA history to have averaged at least 1.50 steals and 1.50 blocks.

Rounding out the rest of the All-Rookie First team selections are Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton and the L.A. Lakers Jordan Clarkson. Boston’s Marcus Smart, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic, Denver’s Jusuf Nurkic and New York’s Langston Galloway comprise the All-Rookie Second Team.

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