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Jahlil Okafor Named to All-Rookie First Team; T.J. McConnell Receives Votes

The accolades are rolling in for Okafor, just in time to bump his trade value!

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For the third-consecutive season, a 76er is a member of the NBA's All-Rookie First Team, as Jahlil Okafor (71 First Team votes), joins Karl-Anthony Towns [(130 First Team votes) unanimous decision], Kristaps Porzingis [(130 First Team votes) unanimous decision], Devin Booker (103 First Team votes) and Nikola Jokic (73 First Team votes) on the squad.

It's pertinent to remember that All-Rookie team voting is position-blind, meaning that ultimately five guards or five centers could make up each team, which is how we get four bigs in Towns, Porzingis, Jokic and Big Jah all on the First Team. While Okafor certainly had a bumpy rookie campaign between his off-the-court troubles and his defensive struggles, a First Team berth was warranted behind his 17.5 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting from the field.

The only other Sixer to garner votes for either team was T.J. McConnell, who, somewhat improbably, received two First Team votes and five additional Second Team Votes on the back of his aggressive defense (the NBA's seventh-best steal rate at 2.9 percent) and the fact that he was at times the only competent passer on the Sixers' entire roster (eighth-best assist rate in the league at 37.2 percent).

The All-Rookie announcement is sure to be even more fun next season, as we see Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and [insert either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram] all (hopefully) make the First Team.

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