Congratulations to Luis Scola and Carl Landry, both of whom made the all-rookie team this year. Scola, who became a starter midway through the season and was an important component of the Rockets' streak and late season success, made the first team. As a starter, Scola averaged 13.0 ppg on 53% shooting, and the team enjoyed a 31-8 record. Landry became a key sub at about the same time and was named to the second team.
These awards bode well for the future of the team. It marks the first time in 25 years that two players from the same Rockets team made the squad. Ralph Sampson and Rodney McCray were named to the team in 1983. Aaron Brooks did not make the all-rookie team, but contributed some important minutes late in the season. What all coaches look for is improvement. The leap from college to the NBA is massive. Few players become stars immediately. So next year will be big for these players. Most coaches and GM's look to the second year to see if a player is really going to make it in the league.