Bennedict Mathurin earns spot on NBA All-Rookie First Team
Bennedict Mathurin has been named to the 2022-23 Kia NBA All-Rookie First Team.
The former Arizona Wildcat was selected to the top team on Monday, receiving 71 first-team votes. Only one voter did not have Mathurin on their ballot for either the First or Second Team.
Mathurin is joined by the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic, as well as Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings), Jalen Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Walker Kessler (Utah Jazz) on the First Team.
ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM!🗣️
congratulations to Bennedict Mathurin on being selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.👏 pic.twitter.com/Zw4d6XjJDJ
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 8, 2023
Mathurin averaged 16.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in his first year in the NBA. He shot 43% from the field and 32% from the 3-point line while serving primarily as the Pacers’ sixth man. Mathurin came off the bench 61 times in his 78 appearances on the year, but played 28.5 minutes a night.
He’s the fifth Pacer in franchise history to land on the All-Rookie First Team and the first to do so since 1989. He’s also the first former Arizona player to land on the list since DeAndre Ayton in 2018-19.
Selected No. 6 overall in last June’s NBA Draft, Mathurin was a record-setting rookie for the Pacers. He became the fastest Pacer to reach 100 or more points in the first five games of their career, and took home Rookie of the Month honors in the Eastern Conference for his play in November.
He broke the Pacer record for 3-pointers made by a player in their debut season and scored the third-most points by a rookie in a single season in Pacer history.