Kyrie Irving Named NBA’s Rookie of the Year

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — During a news conference this morning at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was officially announced as the National Basketball Association’s Rookie of the Year.

As the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award winner, Irving was presented with the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy.

Irving received a total of 592 points, including 117 out of 120 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 18.5 points on .469 shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. He ranked first among rookies in points per game and free throw percentage. He ranked second in three-point percentage, assists per game and player efficiency rating (21.5).

Irving is just the second player in franchise history to receive the award. LeBron James was the other.

Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio finished a distant second in the voting. Denver’s Kenneth Faried, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and New York’s Iman Shumpert each received one first-place vote.

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