Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler were named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team on Tuesday, with Drummond receiving 10 first-team votes and Singler garnering a lone first-team vote.
It's ironic that both players were honored with all-rookie selections as they both expose the fundamental flaws of the voting results in different ways. Drummond was certainly one of the three most productive, most valuable rookies of the year while Kyle Singler was certainly not one of the 10 most valuable.
After a hot start Singler cooled off in a major way in the second half of the season. The only reason he was honored were the insane amount of minutes the Pistons played him, which propped up his scoring average.
Drummond was limited by both a seemingly arbitrary minute limit for the first half of the season and then missed 22 games due to injury just as he was about to enter the starting lineup. He blocked shots with abandon(second in block percentage for qualified rookies), siphoned up rebounds like a vacuum cleaner (highest rookie rebound percentage) and showed a great knack for both athleticism and touch around the basket (highest rookie field-goal percentage).
Even without a semblance of a jump shot and one of the most atrocious free-throw percentages ever, a lack of minutes and missing 20+ games, Drummond should have been in the conversation for rookie of the year along with Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis.
Instead he was largely forgotten and Lillard easily won the award. He also was the lone unanimous first-team selection. Joining him on the team are Davis, Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters and Harrison Barnes.
Joining Drummond and Singler on the second team are Jonas Valanciunas, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Tyler Zeller.
The duo joins teammates Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe as previous all-rookie honorees since 2011. And while it is a bummer that Drummond was snubbed for the first-team selection he so obviously deserved lets have a little perspective. Knight made the first team while the similarly snubbed Monroe had to settle for second-team honors. First-team members that year were Blake Griffin, John Wall, Landry Fields, DeMarcus Cousins and Gary Neal. Second-team honors went to Monroe, Wesley Johnson, Eric Bledsoe, Derrick Favors and Paul George.
Just like the 2011 class, I think the 2013 second-team class is going to have the last laugh on this one.