The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday that guard-forward Scottie Barnes has been
named the 2021-22 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Barnes, picked fourth overall by the Raptors
in the 2021 NBA Draft, becomes the third player in franchise history to win the award, joining
Vince Carter (1998-99) and Damon Stoudamire (1995-96).
“We are incredibly proud of Scottie, and are thrilled and grateful that his hard work has
been recognized with this honour,” Toronto Raptors Vice-Chairman and President Masai Ujiri
said. “What you see on the court is exactly who Scottie is: enthusiastic. Joyful. Athletic.
Skilled, and a winner. We – and our fans - loved seeing his development through this season,
and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.”
In 74 games (all starts) this season, Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5
assists, 1.08 steals, 0.74 blocks and 35.4 minutes (first among all rookies) and was the only
rookie to rank in the top five in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He shot .492
(459-932) from the field, scored 20 or more points 17 times and recorded 13 double-doubles.
Barnes led the team in scoring in 10 games, rebounds 21 times and assists in 15 contests.
A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Barnes was named Eastern Conference Rookie
of the Month twice (February and March/April) and participated in the Rising Stars and Taco
Bell Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star in Cleveland. He became the first Raptors rookie -
and only rookie in the NBA this season - to record 1000+ points, 500+ rebounds and 250+
assists in their first year. Barnes was also the first rookie since Luka Doncic (2018-19) to
average 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Highlighting Barnes’ year was season highs of 31 points (14-21 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-2 FT)
and 17 rebounds Mar. 18 against the LA Lakers. He scored 25 points and dished out a
season-best 10 assists in a road victory Mar. 12 at Denver. Barnes tied a then season high
with 28 points, 16 rebounds and five steals Feb. 28 at Brooklyn; becoming the first rookie
since Shaquille O'Neal (1993) to post at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five steals in the