Golden State's Mitch Richmond was a unanimous choice for the NBA All-Rookie team announced Thursday.
Named the NBA Rookie of the Year earlier this week, Richmond was selected on all 24 ballots from the league's coaches. No coach was permitted to voted for his own players.Joining Richmond on the All-Rookie first team were Willie Anderson of San Antonio, Hersey Hawkins of Philadelphia, Rik Smits of Indiana and Charles Smith of the Los Angeles Clippers.
"He's got no weaknesses," Golden State's Chris Mullin said of Richmond. "He plays both ends of the court. I think that says a lot about him. He's not just an offensive player, not just a guy who goes for the glory. He does all the dirty work."
Richmond received 48 points, with two points being awarded for a first-team vote and one for a second-team vote. Anderson was next with 45 points.
Named to the second team were Brian Shaw, Boston; Rex Chapman, Charlotte; Chris Morris, New Jersey; Rod Strickland, New York; and Kevin Edwards, Miami.
Warriors Coach Don Nelson said he told Richmond he didn't like to play rookies.
"I warned him that I bring rookies along very slowly, normally," Nelson said of Golden State's first-round draft choice from Kansas State. "Fortunately, I didn't have to abide by the old rule."
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Richmond, a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, started all 79 games he played as the Warriors improved their record by 23 games. He helped the Warriors bounce back from a 20-62 record a year ago to a 43-39 mark and their second playoff berth in 12 years.
He was the fifth player taken in last year's draft.
Others receiving votes for the All-Rookie team were Ledell Eackles, Washington; Grant Long and Rony Seikaly, Miami; Derrick Chievous, Houston; Ricky Berry and Vinny del Negro, Sacramento; Gary Grant and Danny Manning, Los Angeles Clippers; Dan Majerle and Andrew Lang, Phoenix; Randolph Keys, Cleveland; and Vernon Maxwell, San Antonio.