Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/15/12
MINNEAPOLIS The NBA announced Tuesday that Timberwolves' rookie point guard Ricky Rubio finished second in the voting for the 2012 Rookie of the Year award. Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, who finished the season leading all rookies in scoring (18.5 points per game), field goal percentage (46.9 percent) and free throw percentage, won the award, finishing with 592 points and 117 out of 120 first-place votes. Rubio, who finished with 170 points, led all rookies in assists with 8.2 per game. He also led all rookies in total assists (his 336 was 47 better than the player with the next highest, Charlotte's Kemba Walker), despite suffering a season-ending ACL tear on March 9. Rubio received 70 second-place votes and 23 third place votes, and the three first-place votes that Irving did not receive went to Denver's Kenneth Faried, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and New York's Iman Shumpert. Rubio's second-place finish ties him for best among all Timberwolves in rookie of the year voting; Stephon Marbury also finished second in 1997. Kevin Garnett finished sixth in 1996, and in 2007, Randy Foye finished fifth and Craig Smith 11th. In 2009, Kevin Love placed sixth, and the following year Jonny Flynn finished tied for fifth. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
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