Milwaukee Bucks forward Yi
Jianlian (R) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith in the
first half at their NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Georgia on
November 28, 2007.
Milwaukee Bucks' Yi Jianlian and Seattle SuperSonics' Kevin
Durant on Wednesday were chosen as the NBA's top rookies for
Yi, selected sixth in the NBA draft, won the honor for the
Eastern Conference. He averaged 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds last
month and ranked second in scoring and rebounding among
In addition, the power forward from China scored a career-high
29 points in a 103-99 win over Charlotte on Dec. 22.
Seattle Supersonics forward
Kevin Durant dunks uncontested for two points against the Toronto
Raptors during the first period of their NBA basketball game at Key
Arena in Seattle December 21, 2007.
Durant, taken second in the NBA draft, won the Western
Conference rookie award for the second month in a row. He is
averaging 19.7 points a game.
The 19-year-old also fired in 35 points on Dec. 7, his best
scoring night in the NBA, in a 104-98 victory over Milwaukee.
(Agencies via Xinhua News Agency January 3, 2008)