Cavs' Irving honored
posted May 15 2012 10:52AM
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers has won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. Coming out of Duke, Irving was the No. 1 overall pick of the Cavaliers. He led all rookies by averaging 18.5 points per game. He also averaged 5.4 assists, finished first among rookies in field-goal percentage and dominated several games in the fourth quarter, rallying Cleveland to wins.
Irving received 117 of 120 possible first-place votes from a nationwide media panel of 120 writers and broadcasters. He finished with 592 points, way ahead of Minnesota's Ricky Rubio
Irving is the second Cleveland player to win the award, joining LeBron James in 2004. Irving's arrival has helped the Cavaliers continue to rebuild following James' departure as a free agent two years ago.
The Cavaliers should be able to add some pieces to surround Irving in next month's draft. Cleveland has three of the top 34 picks and has a chance to win the draft lottery