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Myles Turner earns NBA All-Rookie Second Team honor

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The Pacers rookie was recognized as one of the NBA's top rookies in a strong rookie big man class.

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The NBA announced the 2015-16 All-Rookie teams on Thursday and the Pacers were well represented with big man, Myles Turner earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

Turner earned the honor thanks to an impressive showing over the last half of the season following a thumb injury which kept him sidelined for six weeks earlier in the year. After his role increased in mid-January, the rook was able to impress enough of the 130 NBA sportswriters and broadcasters to make the ballot of 111 media members with 28 First Team votes and 83 Second Team votes.

"It's an incredible honor to be recognized as part of the All-Rookie team," said Turner. "It's great motivation moving forward and I'm excited for the future."

One of the First Team votes came courtesy of Pacers TV voice, Chris Denari. Pacers radio voice, Mark Boyle gave Turner a Second Team nod. Players received two points for a First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote. Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis both were both unanimous First Team selections.

Here is the list of players earning NBA All-Rookie Team honors:

NBA All-Rookie First Team
Karl-Anthony Towns (260 points)
Kristaps Porzingis (260)
Devin Booker (231)
Nikola Jokic (186)
Jahlil Okafor (186)

NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Justise Winslow (151)
D'Angelo Russell (142)
Emmanuel Mudiay (140)
Myles Turner (139)
Willie Cauley-Stein (50)

There were plenty of surprises in the "Other players receiving votes" category, but none more so than Pacers rookie guard, Joe Young picking up a Second Team vote. Former Hornets/Pelicans guard David Wesley, now a television analyst for Fox Sports New Orleans, put Young on his ballot which is even more odd, since Mighty Joe didn't play a minute in either Pacers game against the Pelicans this season.