Josh Jackson named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Phoenix Suns Forward Josh Jackson (20) looks on during an NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers on December 20, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Kansas Jayhawk Josh Jackson was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced Tuesday.

Jackson, a member of the Phoenix Suns, was seventh among rookies, averaging 13.1 points per game. He grabbed 4.6 rebounds and dished out 1.5 assists during his first NBA season.

He found his rhythm in the second half of the season, averaging more than 17 points per game after Jan. 1.

Jackson scored at least 15 points while recording multiple steals in each of the final eight games of the season.

Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.

The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (93 first-team votes) and Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen (76) rounded out the first team.

The second team was guards Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas and Lonzo Ball of the Lakers, Atlanta forward John Collins, Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix's Jackson.