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Report: Kyrie Irving to be named Rookie of the Year

May 14, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando Reuters

Here’s another NBA postseason award we all knew was coming it was just a matter of when….

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will be named the NBA Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, something first reported by Marc Stein at ESPN and confirmed by the Associated Press among others.

The voting should be almost a unanimous coronation for the former Duke player. He averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 assists a game, shot 39.9 percent from three, became a dangerous late game threat, and restored some hope to a Cleveland franchise that has been lacking it.

As the season wore on he pulled away from the competition for this award, although Ricky Rubio and Kenneth Faried will get some votes. This was one of the easiest choices on the ballot (and he would have gotten my vote as well)

  1. trickybastard - May 14, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Isaiah Thomas should be getting mentioned way before Faried or Rubio. Do you watch the NBA?

  2. moseskkim - May 14, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Well deserved. Kid can play and if he stays healthy, sky is the limit. He seems to have the it factor. Has a sweet 3 pt J and can drive and finish.

  3. fanz928 - May 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    Faried = in the playoffs
    Rubio = franchise
    Isaiah t (the one on the kings) = suck ass team

  4. zblott - May 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Irving seems like an obvious choice, but there are a few reasons Faried should get more consideration:

    1) Irving is a PG and his turnovers were way too high – this did not improve as the year went on, plus his own back-up did a far superior job taking care of the ball, so yes a good Ast/Tov rate could be accomplished on the Cavs.
    2) Irving’s own coach had plenty to say about his poor defense, something you never heard Karl complaining about with Faried.
    3) Irving scored 7.6 more PPG than Faried as a starter, but it took 7.7 more shots/game. Faried shot an absurdly high 59% and never forced up shots.
    4) Faried’s Rebounding rate was outstanding to a degree that almost no rookies ever are able to compare in any category. Not only that, he lead the entire NBA in Offensive Rebounding %.

    Check out more:
    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/4/26/nba-season-awards.html

    • ljl2 - May 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      you obviously didn’t actually watch Kyrie play.

  5. andyprough - May 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Down here in Texas, we know who the real rookie of the year was: Kawhi Leonard. All he did was make the West’s #1 team last year better with excellent long-arm defense, great ball handling, and clutch shooting.

    • abchome - May 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Good role player doesn’t win ROY…

  6. latchbeam - May 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Well-deserved! He does it all!

  7. nodindenver - May 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    The only thing he did was score 18 points per game on a team that Faried would average 18 with; somebody had to score! A rookie of the year should be noticed immediately every time they are on the court and I have not seen anybody that is immediately noticed like the Manimal was. The kid flat out makes a ton of plays that do not count on the stat sheet based upon good old fashioned elbow grease.

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