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MavsFanFinley
04-29-2002, 07:40 PM
Two Grizzlies on NBA All-Rookie team

April 29, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) -- Memphis Grizzlies teammates Pau Gasol and Shane Battier topped the voting for the NBA All-Rookie team Monday.

They were joined by San Antonio's Tony Parker, Utah's Andrei Kirilenko and Golden State's Jason Richardson on the squad selected by the NBA's 29 coaches, who weren't allowed to vote for their own players.

Gasol, a Spaniard who last week became the first foreigner to win Rookie of the Year, was a unanimous choice, getting 56 points. Battier received 54, Richardson 53, Parker 48, and Kirilenko 45.

Gasol led the Grizzlies and all rookies in scoring with 17.6 points per game, to go along with averages of 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 blocks and 36.7 minutes. He played in 82 games, starting all but three, for the Grizzlies, who went 23-59.

Battier averaged 14.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

The second team was Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley, New Jersey's Richard Jefferson, Houston's Eddie Griffin, Detroit's Zeljko Rebraca, Seattle's Vladimir Radmanovic, and Phoenix's Joe Johnson.

A record five foreign players made the rookie teams, which started in 1963. In addition to Gasol, Parker is from France, Kirilenko from Russia, and Radmanovic and Rebraca from Yugoslavia.

scooterj5
04-30-2002, 03:10 AM
Don't they need a C?

MavsFanFinley
04-30-2002, 10:44 PM
Maybe the used Gasol at center?