- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Celtics first-year center Greg Stiemsma earned a single vote in balloting for the NBA's All-Rookie teams.
The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first-team votes and one for second-team votes.
In total, only 21 players earned votes. Considering Stiemsma went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2008 and toiled both overseas and in the D-League before breaking through with Boston this season, speaks volumes about his impact on the 2012 Celtics.
Stiemsma emerged as a key frontcourt reserve by the end of the regular season (and had his best game of the playoffs in a Game 5 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night). Despite battling multiple injuries for most of the year, Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks over 13.9 minutes per game in 55 appearances. Of those that qualified, Stiemsma finished second in the NBA in blocks per 48 minutes (5.33 per contest), behind only Oklahoma City swat machine Serge Ibaka (6.46).
A look at the full All-Rookie voting:
2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
Kenneth FariedDenver 19846
Klay ThompsonGolden State161143
Iman ShumpertNew York151040
Kawhi LeonardSan Antonio141240
2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
MarShon BrooksNew Jersey31218
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes): Markieff Morris, Phoenix, 7 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte 7; Alec Burks, Utah 2; Norris Cole, Miami 2; Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter, Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma, Boston 1; Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans 1; Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 1.
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