Knicks: Birthday boy Immanuel Quickley headlines NBA All-Rookie Second Team

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New York Knicks rookie Immanuel Quickley received a special gift on his 22nd birthday as the NBA announced on Thursday his inclusion in the All-Rookie selection.

Quickley headlined the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after a stellar play off the bench for the Knicks this season. The 25th overall pick came six points shy of making it to the All-Rookie First Team.

As expected, Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, who was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, and Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards were unanimously selected to the First Team. Joining them are Sacramento’s Tyrese Haliburton, Detroit’s Saddiq Bey, and Houston’s Jae’Sean Tate, who went undrafted in 2018 and played in Australia’s NBL with the Sydney Kings.

In what was a close race for the last spot in the All-Rookie First Team, Tate received 57 first-team votes and 40 second-team votes for a total of 154 points. On the other hand, Quickley totaled 148 points from 51 first-team votes and 46 second-team votes.

Tate posted the better all-around numbers (11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists in 29.2 minutes with a 51/31/70 shooting split) on the league’s worst team. But Quickley (11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists in just 19.4 minutes with 40/39/89 shooting split) impacted winning as a spark plug off the bench for the Knicks who finished as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The media voting panel selected five players for the NBA All-Rookie First Team and five players for the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at any position. Players received two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote.

Joining Quickley in the All-Rookie Second Team are Memphis’ Desmond Bane, Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart, Cleveland’s Isaac Okoro, and Chicago’s Patrick Williams.

Meanwhile, the Knicks’ eighth overall pick Obi Toppin, who entered the season as one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year, did not receive any vote.

Toppin had a rough start to his NBA career playing sparingly behind the league’s Most Improved Player Julius Randle at the four-spot. But the Brooklyn native finished his rookie year strong with a solid play off the bench in the playoffs.

Below are the voting results for both the NBA All-Rookie teams.

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