May 16, 2012- Kyrie Irving, a guard from the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Irving won the award in a landslide after leading all rookies in scoring this past season. Irving, 20, was selected as the number one pick in the NBA draft in 2011. His season average in scoring was 18.5 points per game and he averaged 5.4 assists per game. The Cavaliers had a terrible season and finished 21-45, the league’s fourth worst record overall.
Irving, born in Australia, said the season was great and that he had a great time playing his first year in the NBA. He said all of his teammates worked hard during the year regardless if the team won or lost. Irving praised his teammates for competing in every game and could see the team was starting to turn in the right direction.
The guard received a total of 117 first place votes from the 120 broadcasters and sportswriters across Canada and the United States who voted. Finishing second was Ricky Rubio of Minnesota and Kenneth Faried of Denver was a distant third, although he received one first place vote.
Irving became the first Cleveland Cavalier to win the Rookie of the Year award since 2004 when LeBron James was named the ROY. James, now with the Miami Heat, won his third NBA MVP award this past Saturday.