Brad Stevens reacts to Jayson Tatum not unanimously voted to NBA’s All-Rookie First Team
When the number of votes were released, it was revealed that Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers were unanimous selections to the first team. Tatum was almost there too, coming just one vote shy of that unanimous marker.
Simmons and Mitchell received all 100 of the possible votes for first team. Tatum received 99, which means one voter tabbed him for second team.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn’t too happy about that one vote, per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.
On Jayson Tatum being one vote shy of a unanimous first-team all-rookie selection. "Somebody made a mistake," said #Celtics Brad Stevens.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) May 22, 2018
The unanimous selection for Simmons and Tatum were obvious. Those had to do be done. Those who should probably win co-Rookie of the Year awards.
But Tatum is just as impressive as Mitchell and Simmons. His ceiling is extremely high, and he looks like he can be a potential MVP candidate in the very near future.
So why does he not get a unanimous vote? Why does Stevens have to call into question a media member’s judgement? It’s an interesting question.
It’s possible that the person voting for Tatum at second team just did not watch him much during the season. Some of the media members that vote on these awards cover only one team, so their opinions may be a bit skewed toward the teams they cover every day.
Or perhaps they just thought other rookies were that much better than Tatum. That person is of course entitled to their opinion, but when it’s a 99-1 vote, it becomes a case of figuring out why that person wasn’t with the rest of the 99.
It will be interesting to see if that media members reveals themselves, and how fans will react if that happens.