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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Stiemsma gets All-Rookie vote

By Chris Forsberg

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:

Kyrie Irving Cleveland 29 - 58
Ricky Rubio Minnesota 21 7 49
Kenneth Faried Denver 19 8 46
Klay Thompson Golden State 16 11 43
Iman Shumpert New York 15 10 40
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio 14 12 40
Brandon Knight Detroit 13 14 40

Chandler Parsons Houston 10 13 33
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento 5 17 27
MarShon Brooks New Jersey 3 12 18
Derrick Williams Minnesota 2 12 16
Tristan Thompson Cleveland 2 12 16

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.