The favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors, Paul received 29 First Team votes from a panel of the league's 30 coaches. A player was not eligible for selection by his own coach.
The fourth overall pick of the 2005 draft, Paul averaged a rookie-best 16.1 points, 7.8 assists and 2.24 steals in 81 games for the Hornets, who surprisingly contended for a playoff spot until the final week of the season.
Guard Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz and forward Channing Frye of the New York Knicks completed the First Team. Williams averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 assists in 80 games. Frye played in just 65 games and averaged 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Forward Marvin Williams of the Atlanta Hawks -- the second overall pick in the draft -- was named to the All-Rookie Second Team along with forwards Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers and Ryan Gomes of the Boston Celtics and guards Raymond Felton of the Charlotte Bobcats and Luther Head of the Houston Rockets.