NEW YORK – The Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.
Parker, the second overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, ranked first among all rookies in scoring (11.9 ppg). Additionally, among first-year players, Parker ranked second in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and steals (1.33 spg). Parker recorded a career-high 23 points against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 19, in a triple-overtime victory. He also recorded double-doubles in two of his first three career games.
Wiggins, the first pick in June’s Draft, ranked second among all first-year players in scoring (11.6 ppg) and first in three-point field goal percentage (.440). Among Western Conference rookies, he ranked first in steals (1.13 spg) and minutes played (28.7 mpg). On Nov. 22 vs. the Sacramento Kings, he led Minnesota with a career-high 29 points during a 113-101 loss.
Here is a recap of the month for Parker and Wiggins:
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Oct. 31 vs. Philadelphia: Recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 93-81 win over the 76ers.
Nov. 19 @ Brooklyn: Contributed 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals in a 122-118 triple-overtime victory over the Nets.
Nov. 29 vs. Houston: Tallied 19 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 117-103 loss to the Rockets.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
Nov. 5 @ Brooklyn: Contributed 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and four rebounds in a 98-91 win over the Nets.
Nov. 22 vs. Sacramento: Tallied 29 points, five rebounds, two assists, one block and four steals in a 113-101 loss against the Kings.
Nov. 26 vs. Milwaukee: Recorded 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in a 103-86 loss to the Bucks.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month were Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic, Houston’s Kostas Papanikolaou, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton and Philadelphia’s K.J. McDaniels.
Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month
The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month are part of a series of oncourt performance awards called “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.” The series, currently in its eighth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes five of the league’s most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player Award, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player Award, and Kia Rookie of the Year. It also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month during the regular season. In addition to continuing to serve as the league’s Official Automotive Partner, Kia is also the Official Luxury Vehicle of the NBA, following the introduction of the brand’s modern and elegant K900 rear-drive luxury sedan. For more information on the “The Kia NBA Performance Awards” visit www.NBA.com/awards.