Kyrie Irving Named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Tristan Thompson Named to the Second Team

Kyrie IrvingCLEVELAND – Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was the only unanimous selection to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team and forward/center Tristan Thompson was named to the All-Rookie Second Team, the NBA announced today.

Irving received 29 first-team votes (for a total of 58 points) while Thompson received 16 total points (two first-team and 12 second-team votes) from the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first-team votes and one for second-team votes.

Irving, the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 18.5 points on .469 shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. He also shot .399 from three-point range and .872 from the free throw line. Among all rookies, he ranked first in points per game (by a margin of 5.7 points) and free throw percentage, second in three-point percentage, assists per game and player efficiency rating (21.5) and fifth in field goal percentage. Irving swept the NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award each month this season (Dec./Jan., Feb. and March) with the exception of April, in which he only played in six of a possible 16 games due to injury. He was also named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend after posting game highs of 34 points and nine assists and shooting a perfect 8-8 from three-point range.

Tristan ThompsonThompson averaged 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 block in 23.7 minutes per game. He also averaged 3.1 offensive rebounds per game, which ranked first among rookies and 12th overall for the season. He recorded nine double-doubles, which ranked third in the league among rookies and ranks fifth all-time among Cavaliers rookies. In 25 starts, Thompson averaged 10.4 points on .470 shooting and 7.5 rebounds (3.9 offensive) in 28.8 minutes per contest.

He also owns the top three single-game offensive rebounding performances this season by a rookie (10 at New Jersey on April 8, 9 versus Milwaukee on March 30, 8 at New Jersey on March 19). Thompson also participated in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend where he led Team Shaq in scoring with 20 points on a near perfect 10-11 (.909) shooting.

Irving and Thompson become the first Cavaliers teammates to be named to the All-Rookie Teams in the same season since the 1997-98 season when Brevin Knight and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were named to the first team and Cedric Henderson and Derek Anderson were named to the second team.


Player Team First (2 pt.) Second (1 pt.) Total
Kyrie Irving Cleveland 29 - 58
Ricky Rubio Minnesota 21 7 49
Kenneth Faried Denver 19 8 46
Klay Thompson Golden State 16 11 43
Iman Shumpert New York 15 10 40
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio 14 12 40
Brandon Knight Detroit 13 14 40


Player Team First (2 pt.) Second (1 pt.) Total
Chandler Parsons Houston 10 13 33
Isiah Thomas Sacramento 5 17 27
MarShon Brooks New Jersey 3 12 18
Derrick Williams Minnesota 2 12 16
Tristan Thompson Cleveland 2 12 16

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses): Markieff Morris, Phoenix, 7 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte 7; Alec Burks, Utah 2; Norris Cole, Miami 2; Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter, Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma, Boston 1; Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans 1; Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 1.