To the surprise of nobody, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was officially named the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. The No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft received 117 of 120 first-place votes to win the award in a landslide.
In a press conference announcing the win, Irving said that the award is not only for him, but also "for the city of Cleveland."
Irving failed to become the fifth rookie to win unanimously, but still easily took home the crown. San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, New York's Iman Shumpert and Denver's Kenneth Faried picked up the other three first-place votes. Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio finished second despite not earning any first-place votes. Faried, Leonard and Shumpert finished third, fourth and fifth overall.
Irving averaged 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game and emerged as a top option in crunch time in just his rookie season, so he is a deserving winner.