Ja Morant named NBA Rookie of the Yr; Zion Williamson finishes third

Grizzlies guard Ja Morant on Thursday was named the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Yr, Pelicans sensation Zion Williamson positioned third within the voting.

Morant grew to become the second Grizzlies participant to win the award, following Pau Gasol (2001-02) after receiving 99 first-place votes and 498 factors whole.

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The second general choose within the 2019 NBA Draft completed forward of the Warmth’s Kendrick Nunn (204 factors) and No. 1 choose Williamson (140), who was hampered by a knee harm.

Morant helped the Grizzlies attain the play-in recreation at Walt Disney World Resort in August. He averaged 17.eight factors and seven.three assists per recreation throughout the common season.

The 21-year-old additionally had 15 double-doubles and was the one rookie this season to document two triple-doubles.

Morant joined Oscar Robertson (1960-61), Magic Johnson (1979-80), Isiah Thomas (1981-82), Damon Stoudamire (1995-96), Allen Iverson (1996-97) and Trae Younger (2018-19) as one among seven rookies in NBA historical past to common not less than 17.zero factors per recreation and seven.zero assists per recreation.

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