Now ESPN.com's Mark Stein reports the seemingly-inevitable, citing a league source who says Iriving, the Cavs point guard and No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, will be named Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Irving had the best statistical season of any NBA rookie and seemed to lock up the award when the aforementioned Rubio -- his closest competition -- went down for the season with an ACL injury.
Irving finished his first NBA season averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds. Just as important as those raw numbers, he shot 46.9 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from three.
Our Cavs blog, Fear the Sword, could only offer ... a bunch of sarcasm:
In a stunning, shocking turn of events, Kyrie Irving will be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year on Monday, according to ESPN. I know you guys are as stunned as I am. Kyrie Irving was a total beast all season and emerged as the Cavaliers' best player pretty early in the season.