Dion Waiters was named to the first team All-Rookie Team on Tuesday and Tyler Zeller was named to the second team.
The league’s 30 coaches voted on the award. They were asked to vote for five players for the first team and five for the second team, regardless of position.
Waiters received 21 first-team votes and eight second-team votes, while Zeller received three first-team votes and nine second-team votes.
Waiters averaged 14.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a steal in 28.8 minutes per game. He ranked second in scoring among rookies, fourth in assists and fourth in steals. He was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February.
Zeller averaged 7.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He led all rookies (minimum 70 games) in offensive rebounds (2.1), ranked second in defensive rebounds (3.6), second in blocks and seventh in scoring.
Waiters was joined on the first team by the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, the New Orleans Hornets’ Anthony Davis and the Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes.
The Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler joined Zeller on the second team along with the Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas and the Charlotte Bobcats’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
This is the second consecutive year the Cavs have placed two players on the All-Rookie teams. Kyrie Irving made the first team and Tristan Thompson was named to the second team last year.
Tibbetts to Portland
Nate Tibbetts is leaving the Cavaliers to join Terry Stotts’ coaching staff in Portland, a league source confirmed. Tibbetts departure was first reported by The Oregonian.
Tibbetts, 35, spent two years on Byron Scott’s staff. He was retained after Scott was fired last month, but he interviewed for the Charlotte Bobcats’ vacant head coaching position each of the last two years.