Isaiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey had strong rookie seasons for the Detroit Pistons. The NBA’s awards voters rewarded them on Thursday.
Bey was named to the All-Rookie first team, and Stewart made the second team, the league announced. They’re the first rookie duo to earn All-Rookie honors for the Pistons since Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler after the 2012-13 season.
Bey is the first Piston to make the first team since Brandon Knight in 2012.
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Bey, the 19th pick of the 2020 draft, had a historic season for the Pistons, starting 53 games and averaging 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 38% from 3. He set the franchise rookie record for made 3-pointers in a single season (175), and set the NBA rookie record for most games with at least four made 3-pointers (21). Stewart, the 16th pick, averaged 7.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks and led all rookies in offensive rebounds per game (2.3).
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards led all rookies in the voting with 198 points, followed by Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton with 197 points. Bey was fourth in total points with 162 (63 first-team votes) and Stewart was seventh with 71 total points (eight first-team votes).
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The 2021 NBA draft lottery is Tuesday, and the Pistons will add another lottery pick to their young core on July 29.
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