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Markkanen makes NBA's all-rookie first team by comfortable margin

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  • Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen was the fifth-leading vote-getter for the NBA all-rookie team.

    Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen was the fifth-leading vote-getter for the NBA all-rookie team.
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  • Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons was a unanimous pick for the NBA all-rookie team.

    Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons was a unanimous pick for the NBA all-rookie team.
    Associated Press

  • Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) was a unanimous pick for the NBA all-rookie team.

    Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) was a unanimous pick for the NBA all-rookie team.
    Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) was named to the NBA all-rookie team.

    Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) was named to the NBA all-rookie team.
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  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, was named to the NBA all-rookie team.

    Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, was named to the NBA all-rookie team.
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This was a good year for NBA rookies, but Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen made the cut for the all-rookie team by a comfortable margin.

The 7-foot Finland native was the fifth-leading vote-getter, receiving 76 first-team votes, compared to 9 for Dallas guard Dennis Smith Jr., who headed the second team.

Joining Markkanen on the all-rookie first team are Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia's Ben Simmons -- both unanimous picks -- Boston's Jayson Tatum and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma. Tatum missed being a unanimous selection by 1 vote.

This team illustrates the unpredictability of the NBA draft. Mitchell was the No. 13 overall selection in 2017 and Kuzma went 27th. Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 and missed his initial season with an injury. The Celtics traded down from the No. 1 pick to select Tatum third.

Markkanen was the No. 7 pick of the 2017 draft, acquired from Minnesota as part of the Jimmy Butler trade. Markkanen averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Bulls last season, shooting 36.2 percent from 3-point range. His best game was 33 points at New York on Jan. 10.

The last Bulls player to make first-team all-rookie was Nikola Mirotic in 2015. Before that, it was Taj Gibson in 2010.

The all-rookie second-team included Smith, Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, Atlanta's John Collins, Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix' Josh Jackson.

Twitter: @McGrawDHBulls

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