Although Greg Monroe was a double-double machine for the latter part of this season, it wasn't enough to earn him NBA all-rookie first-team honors.
Monroe just missed out of being the first Pistons rookie since Grant Hill to achieve that honor, finishing behind Blake Griffin, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Landry Fields and Gary Neal in the rookie of the year voting. The top five make all-rookie first-team.
"I guarantee, every rookie wanted to be rookie of the year," Monroe said Wednesday on a conference call. "But that wasn't possible, of course. I would have loved to be on the first team, but to get on the second team, I don't say it was a disappointment or that I was snubbed. It's just something I'm very grateful for."
Monroe received 13 of 29 first-team votes and 16 second-team votes. He finished with averages of 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds - 13.7 points and 10 rebounds after the All-Star break when his minutes steadily increased.
Although Neal and Fields didn't have numbers as impressive, San Antonio and New York made the playoffs, which could have played a part in the voting. Fields averaged nine points and six rebounds playing for the Knicks, while Neal put up nearly 10 points and 2.5 rebounds.
Monroe, though, wouldn't make that declaration.
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