Yogi Ferrell earns NBA All-Rookie second team honors

  • 06/26/2017 12:57 pm in

Former Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell, the program’s all-time assists leader, was named 2016-2017 NBA All-Rookie second team on Monday.

Ferrell, who started the season on the Brooklyn Nets roster and finished the season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaged 10 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 46 games between the two franchises.

The Park Tudor product, who was not drafted, also played 18 games in the NBA Development League for the Long Island Nets.

Denver’s Jamal Murray, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, Phoenix’s Marquese Chriss and Brandon Ingram of the Lakers joined Ferrell on the second team.

The first team was Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric and Joel Embiid, Sacramento’s Buddy Hield and New York’s Willy¬†Hernangomez.

Ferrell is the first Hoosier to earn NBA All-Rookie honors since the 2013-2014 season, when Victor Oladipo earned first team honors and Cody Zeller was a second team selection.

Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas recently reported that the Mavericks intend to pick up Ferrell’s team option for next season, which would pay Ferrell $1.31 million.

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  • pcantidote

    I was disappointed when I saw that Dallas drafted a PG in the first round. I guess Yogi is going to have to quiet the doubters yet again.

  • SilverAtlanta

    Not bad for an undrafted free agent! Congratulations Yogi!

  • inLinE6

    Not surprised at all. I know this guy will shine someday.

  • SCHoosier

    Nice honor given the roster merry-go-round he was on early in the season.! Dallas grabbed the NCSt kid (a PG) in the draft..so Yogi won’t be doing any sleep walking in practice!

  • John D Murphy

    YF can have a long career as second team and make some serious cash. There was never any doubt that the Mavs were going to bring someone in ahead of Yogi. Doesn’t mean for a minute that they don’t love him. When you get a roster player without a draft pick, that is a huge win.

  • John D Murphy

    Nice honor and well deserved.

  • Arch Puddington

    Reports are that Dallas has picked up his contract for all of next year, so while he can’t take anything for granted, he’s not hanging by a thread, either. If he can maintain the level of productivity that he showed last year, he can have 7-8 really good years as a backup PG. Good gig if you can get it!

  • Kyl470

    I’m not surprised to see an undrafted rookie make the All Rookie team. It seems like all GM’s draft on projections and potential and what a player maybe one day in the future. 4 year players like Yogi who are ready to contribute from day one just seem to get passed up. Which seems odd especially since GMs can get fired pretty quickly and might not even be with the organization when that 19 year old you drafted fully develops as a player.

    All that being said I’m happy for Yogi and glad to see him get paid. I remember arguing with people about who would make a better pro Yogi or Tyler Ulis. I just didn’t get why people liked Ulis more. Yogi was physcially stronger and a better shooter, both things you need to survive as an undersized player.

  • Guyton25

    Man.. Yogi’s NBA story is amazing. I remember watching last year’s NBA Draft and thinking, “why is Yogi falling so low…?” and then “wait.. he’s not getting drafted…??” And everyone only talked about how he isn’t tall enough. I was so baffled to hear that. He’s 6’… not like he’s 5’10”. I told my brother and all my friends that the one thing you can be certain of this season is that Yogi will have a spot solidified on an NBA squad by season’s end.

    Then he makes it on the Mavs after having the best 10-day contract ever and gets rookie of the month in the WEST and I was so ecstatic because no one deserves it more than Yogi. I’ll never forget that 32 point, 9 3-pointer performance against the Blazers at the end of his 10-day contract. Now he’s getting All-NBA honors and, again, I am ecstatic. It’s wonderful to see such an awesome guy get recognized for all of his extremely hard work.

    (And it’s also really cool to play as Yogi on 2K17 as well, lol. He’s got a pretty solid rating at 76-78.)

  • John D Murphy

    Exactly

  • ManovSteelo

    Should have been on the First Team, but whatever. Should finish fourth in ROY voting, also; hope he can carve out a niche on DAL by at least replacing Barea as the backup PG. Will be curious to see how his Summer League PT is divvied up between him and Smith Jr.

  • hgdownunder

    Must feel awful good for Yogi see Tyler Ulis as “Other Players receiving votes”

  • hgdownunder

    Things that were obvious in that game against KY in the tournament.

  • Larry Brown

    Never made sense why scouts didn’t recognize Yogi was just as good. And now , BETTER

  • Larry Brown

    A lot of group-think goes on in the NBA, it seems. And Kentucky seems to be the darling of NBA scouts.

  • cbags05

    Cuban was on record saying they wanted to upgrade at PG.

  • TomJameson

    One year = $1.3 million … Not too bad considering the year after Yogi will be a free agent and will likely get a larger contract. He still has to do well, but I have no doubts about Yogi’s work ethic and desire to play well.

  • Arch Puddington

    Not bad at all. No, he’s not going to make the fantasy numbers that guys like Steph Curry make, but if he manages to stay in the league for even 5 years, he will earn enough to fund the rest of his life very comfortably. JJ Barea, another smallish PG, has earned north of $20 million over ten years, plus whatever he gets of the court. It’s not so much that you couldn’t easily blow it all, but Yogi is a smart guy from a smart family, so I suspect he will do well with whatever he earns. Its either that or get real job, so my advice to Yogi: save, save, save.

  • JethroTroll

    Not bad for a guy that went undrafted. There’s a place in the NBA for smaller playmaking guards that can score, and Yogi has those traits.

  • TomJameson

    Completely agree, on all counts. I can see him investing that one years income and doing decent, but adding (like you say) another 5 years … say 10 mill, he’d be doing swell. And I’m sure his folks, at least his mom, are all pretty investment savvy.

  • Outoftheloop

    YEA Yogi! If allowed on a basketball court anywhere, Yogi excels! Troy did great in his first year as well!

  • cbags05

    Ha. Yeah I guess that was the right timeframe. Totally didn’t put that together.

    Although given the fact that they still drafted a PG….I’d say they still wanted to upgrade/add depth.