Congratulations to The Black Falcon, Harrison Barnes, for making the All-Rookie first team. Barnes averaged nine points and four rebounds a game during the regular season, but has upped that to 16 and 6.6 in the playoffs, as well as emerging as a disruptive force on defense.
While the Warriors’ tanking last year was distasteful, Barnes has justified the last two months of garbage basketball in 2012. It was indeed a top-heavy draft; five of the top seven picks made up the All-Rookie first team, with Barnes the lowest selection at #7. Sorry, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson!
Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green each also received a vote, though if the balloting had been held two weeks later, Green had a real shot at the second team. The other Warriors rookie, Kent Bazemore was disappointed he wasn’t named to the All-Celebration team, mainly because it doesn’t exist.