By: Tye Richmond
On Wednesday, the NBA announced their ALL-Rookie Team, and the St. Georges alum and Denver Nuggets guard Bones Hyland has been named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team.
The St. Georges and VCU alum averaged 10.1 points with 2.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Nuggets, who lost in the opening round of the Western Conference Playoffs to Golden State.
He’s the first Nugget to be named to the league’s All-Rookie team since Jamal Murray was honored in 2016-17 and the ninth Nugget ever to receive the honor.
Bones finished the season ranking second among all rookies in free-throw percentage, second in three-point field goals, sixth in three-point field goal percentage, ninth in assists per game, and ninth in total points. His 131 three-pointers set the Nuggets’ franchise rookie record, and was second in the NBA among rookies, despite playing 828 fewer minutes than the winner.
One of his biggest performances of the season came on March 14, when he traveled close to home, hitting four 4th quarter three-pointers on his way to 21 points in a Nuggets comeback victory over the Sixers.
Bones is one of the great young stars in the NBA and it is special to see someone come from the city we live in to succeed at the level & put the whole NBA on notice. Year two for Bones should be a special one as now he has a year under his belt and he’ll be stronger and wiser from his rookie year.