BASKETBALL — 15 May 2012

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was selected as the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

Irving received 117 of 120 possible first-place votes from the media panel of writers and broadcasters. Irving finished the season with 592 points; miles ahead of Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio (170) and Denver’s Kenneth Faried (129).

Denver’s Kenneth Faried, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and New York’s Iman Shumpert received the other first place votes. Unfortunately, Irving did not become the fourth player to win unanimously.

The news of Irving winning the award comes as not surprise. He was the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, he led all rookies (and the Cavs) in scoring with 18.5 points per game.

Irving only played 11 games at Duke before he turned professional. Irving has brought hope to the city of Cleveland and Cavalier fans, who have spent the last two seasons moving on from the parting of LeBron James.

”The progression of Kyrie from Game 1 to Game 50 probably exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Coach Byron Scott said. ”I don’t think anyone expected him to do what he did this season.”

”He is just a fantastic kid,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. ”He’s got a great heart. He is genuine. He loves basketball. He loves people. People love being around him. He’s humble. He’s a great guy.”




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