The 2021 NBA All-Rookie teams were announced as Magic guard Cole Anthony shockingly missed out on berths in either team.
The NBA on Thursday announced the Charlotte Hornets point guard as the Rookie Of The Year. It was mostly a two way battle between him and Anthony Edwards and the third overall pick bagged the prize. The results of the 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie Teams were also announced and Edwards and Ball were obvious inclusions.
Apart from the star duo, the NBA All-Rookie first team included Thyrese Haliburton from the Kings. Saddiq Bey and J’Sean Tate from the Pistons and Rockets respectively. Tate who went undrafted back in 2018 somehow edged Immanuel Quickley to the first team.
Coming to the NBA All-Rookie second team, Knicks guard Quickley leads the line. Joining him was another guard in Desmond Bane from the Grizzlies and Pistons center Isaiah Stewart. Lastly, the two forwards were Patrick Williams from the Bulls and Isaac Okoro from the Cavaliers.
While most of the picks were justified, the biggest snub probably was Magic’s Cole Anthony. The 21-year guard had a great rookie season where he showed his calibre as a shooter. Some fans did expect to see Anthony in atleast any of the two teams.
“I ain’t even gone lie y’all are mad disrespectful”: Cole Anthony after seeing the All-Rookie teams
The results did not amuse Anthony either, as he was quick to let people know what’s going on in his mind. The major reason for the snub could be that the 21-year old missed two months due to a rib injury.
But he averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 47 games this season. He was fourth in terms of scoring and assist average among all the rookies.
While the only logic that comes to mind for his snubbing has to be the games he missed, LaMelo Ball who won the Rookie Of The Year, also only featured in 51 games.
I ain’t even gone lie y’all are mad disrespectful 😂😂😂 https://t.co/UnSCohol8y
— Cole Anthony (@The_ColeAnthony) June 18, 2021
So that should not be the issue as Anthony had a strong end to the season. He averaged 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in nine games during May. He ended the season with a career-high 37 points in the Magic’s season finale.
Anthony received only one first-team vote and 38 second-team votes as he finished 12th in the ranking of all rookies. He was the second runner up to the second team behind Nuggets’ Facundo Campazzo who had 42 points.
It was indeed disappointing for Anthony and the Magic fans but the youngster can take motivation from this to drive himself and his team forward in the upcoming season.