By Official release
Posted May 15 2012 11:12AM
NEW YORK -- Kyrie Irving is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today. Irving totaled 592 points and received 117 first-place votes from a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
Minnesota's Ricky Rubio finished second with 170 points and Denver's Kenneth Faried finished third with 129 points (one first-place vote). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Among first-year players, Irving ranked first in scoring (18.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.469) and free throw percentage (.872), while placing second in assists (5.4 apg) and three-point field goal percentage (.399). Among all players, Irving ranked tied for fourth in fourth-quarter scoring (6.4 ppg) while shooting .518 from the field, .410 from beyond the arc and .868 from the charity stripe.
The top selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, Irving joins Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson and, LeBron James as the only No. 1 overall draft picks to average at least 18.0 points and 5.0 assists. In addition, he is one of only six rookies in league history to average at least 18.0 points, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steal while shooting at least .450 from the field, joining Johnson, Jordan, Alvan Adams, Grant Hill, and Tyreke Evans.
Irving was a three-time winner of the NBA's Rookie of the Month Award, for games played in December/January, February and March. Irving was named MVP of the BVAA Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2012 by scoring 34 points, including going 8-for-8 from beyond the three-point line, and dishing a game-high nine assists.
As part of its support of the Rookie of the Year Award, Kia Motors America will donate a new Kia Sorento CUV to the New Jersey Roadrunners, Kyrie Irving's former AAU program. Kia Motors will present a brand new Sorento to the charity of choice of each of five 2011-12 year-end award winners as part of the "The Kia NBA Performance Awards." Following this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 21 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA's prestigious year-end honors began with the 2007-2008 season.
For the first time, the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Award is part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The Kia NBA Performance Awards." The series, currently in its fifth season, is a significant part of the multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and also includes the Most Improved Player, Defensive Player, Sixth Man, Most Valuable Player of the Year Awards. It also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, which are awarded during the regular season. For more information on the "The Kia NBA Performance Awards" visit www.NBA.com/performanceawards.
The Eddie Gottlieb Trophy is named in honor of Eddie Gottlieb, one of the NBA's founders who coached the Philadelphia Warriors to the NBA championship in 1946-47.
Below are the voting results for the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award and the all-time list of winners. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
|2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award Results|
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All-Time Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Winners
|Kings vs. Rockets|
James Harden Scores 26 points and adds 8 assists as the Rockets dethrone the Kings 102-89.
|Bucks vs. Timberwolves|
Larry Sanders scores 15 points, grabs seven rebounds and adds five blocks to help Bucks to a 103-86 victory over the Timberwolves.
|Rookie Duel: Parker v. Wiggins|
Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, the two top picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, faced one another for the first time in the regular season.
Timberwolves wear pink shoelaces in honor of Thaddeus Young's late mom.
|Cleaning the Glass|
Anthony Bennett cleans the glass with a major slam.