Ferrell makes NBA All-Rookie second team

An incredible first season in the NBA has ended with high honors for Yogi Ferrell.

The former Indiana point guard picked up second team recognition on the NBA’s All-Rookie team, the league announced Monday.

The 2016-17 season provided a remarkable journey for Ferrell, who began the season bouncing between the D-League and the Brooklyn Nets’ bench before finding a home with the Dallas Mavericks. Ferrell made the Mavericks’ point position his own while on a pair of 10-day contracts, impressing Dallas’ front office enough to earn a two-year contract in February.

Ferrell started 29 of the 36 games he played for Dallas last season, averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 1.6 turnovers for the team. He played in 46 total games as a rookie, averaging 10.0 points and 3.7 assists.

Ferrell, who was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February, is the only member on either All-Rookie team to have gone undrafted. The four other players on the second team — Jamal Murray, Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss and Brandon Ingram — were each drafted in the lottery.

Ferrell will have to defend his starting job this fall after Dallas drafted North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in last week’s NBA Draft.

The first and second NBA All-Rookie teams are below:

FIRST TEAM
Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee
Dario Saric, Philadelphia
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia
Buddy Hield, Sacramento
Willy Hernangomez, New York

SECOND TEAM
Jamal Murray, Denver
Jaylen Brown, Boston
Marquese Chriss, Phoenix
Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers
Yogi Ferrell, Dallas