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The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving has been named the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year. The Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio finished a 'far' second behind Kyrie, despite playing 41 games and missing the last 6 weeks of the season.
Kyrie Irving has become the first Cavalier player to win it since LeBron James. Kyrie received 117 of 120 possible first place votes and led the rookies in scoring (18.6), field-goal percentage (.469), free-throw percentage (.872) and second in assists (5.4)--[Rubio was first with 8.2]--and three-point percentage (.399).
Rubio didn't have any first-place votes, but finished with 49 second-place votes and 23 third-place votes, finishing with 170 points (just a bit behind Irving's 592). The Nuggets' Kenneth Faried finished third and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard was fourth, with New York's Iman Shumpert rounding out the top five. Irving had all but three first place votes and one of those votes each went to Faried, Leonard & Shumpert.
"Mr. Irrelevant" Isaiah Thomas, who was selected 60th overall in last summer's draft (the last pick in the draft) by the Sacramento Kings, finished 7th in the voting for the Award.
This was the last of the major individual awards to be announced. Miami's LeBron James won Most Valuable Player, San Antonio's Gregg Poppovich won Coach of the Year, Orlando's Ryan Anderson won Most Improved Player, Oklahoma City's James Harden is the Sixth Man of the Year and New York's Tyson Chandler was named Defensive Player of the Year.
The NBA has still to announce the player who made the All-NBA, All-Defensive & All-Rookie teams. There's a VERY good chance Kevin Love will be named to an All-NBA team and Ricky Rubio (and possibly Derrick Williams) will be on an All-Rookie team.
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