Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/24/12

The Rookie of the Year awards will start piling up at Kyrie’s feet. The Sporting News is first-

“Had Ricky Rubio remained healthy and kept the Timberwolves on the playoff path, he would have given Kyrie Irving, the top pick in last year’s NBA Draft, a run for this award. But as it stands, Irving (18.8 points, 5.5 assists, 46.8 percent shooting) was clearly the best player first-year player, and looks to be a piece the Cavs can use as a cornerstone going forward. Kenneth Faried, chosen by Denver with the 22nd pick, has proven to be the surprise of the draft, and Leonard’s performance, particularly at the defensive end, has helped Spurs fans forget the George Hill trade. Sporting News ballot 1. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers. 2. Kenneth Faried, Nuggets. 3. Kawhi Leonard, Spurs.”

Congratulations are still in order, even if the award is obvious.


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