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Chris Paul Named to T-Mobile All-Rookie First Team
Hornets Guard Only Unanimous Selection

May 4, 2006

Oklahoma City - The NBA announced today that New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets point guard Chris Paul was selected to the T-Mobile All-Rookie First Team.

Paul, the only unanimous First Team selection, received 29 first place votes for a total of 58 points. Paul is joined by Toronto's Charlie Villanueva (56 points), Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut (55 points), Utah's Deron Williams (46 points) and New York's Channing Frye (45 points) on the first team.

Paul became the fifth rookie to win the T-Mobile Rookie of the Month award for every month of his rookie season, joining Cleveland's LeBron James, Denver's Carmelo Anthony and San Antonio's Tim Duncan and David Robinson. Paul, who led all rookies with 21 double-doubles, averaged rookie highs of 16.1 points and 7.8 assists while recording 5.1 rebounds and 2.24 steals.

Paul finished the 05-06 season ranked first in total steals (175), third in steals per game (2.24) and seventh in assists per game (7.8) in the NBA. Paul became just the second rookie in NBA history (Brevin Knight-1997-98) to lead the NBA in total steals.

Paul set seven Hornet rookie records during the season including most assists in a season and game, highest free throw percentage for a season, most free throws made and attempted in a game and most steals in a season and game.

The voting panel consisted of the NBA's 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team and one for second team votes.

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