All the tanking the Warriors did towards the end of last season? As ugly as it was, it turns out it’s proven to be worth it so far. Going into tank mode, of course, was to keep the seventh overall pick from falling into the hands of the Jazz. The Warriors succeeded, albeit in shady fashion, and they used the pick to draft Harrison Barnes.
A bunch of nasty dunks during the regular season and a breakout role for the team in its current unexpected playoff run has shown Barnes could become a considerable force for the Warriors for years to follow. The icing came on Tuesday, when the forward was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team.
Here are the first and second teams, with point totals each player received:
PG Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (58)
SG Bradley Beal, Wizards (57)
PF Anthony Davis, Hornets (57)
SG Dion Waiters, Cavaliers (50)
SF Harrison Barnes, Warriors (47)
PF Andre Drummond, Pistons (35)
C Jonas Valanciunas , Raptors (31)
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bobcats (29)
SF Kyle Singler , Pistons (17)
PF Tyler Zeller, Cavaliers (15)
This is the third time in four seasons the Warriors have had a player named to the All-Rookie First Team. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson received the honor in 2010 and 2012, respectively.