Kyrie Irving was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played like the first overall pick this season too.
Irving is expected to be named the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year early this week. Irving played in 51 games this season and averaged 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game. He only played 30.5 minutes per game and was very efficient shooting .469 from the field and .399 from three.
It was a solid rookie class this season but Irving had little competition for this award.
Ricky Rubio was the talk of the league at the beginning of the season but he leveled out after a great start and then went down with a season-ending injury.
Kenneth Faried and Isaiah Thomas came on strong late but their resumes weren’t as impressive as Irving’s.
Irving will become the first Cleveland Cavaliers player to win the award since LeBron James.
The Cavaliers finished the season with a 21-45 record, third worst in the Eastern Conference. With a deep draft coming up the Cavaliers will have a chance to pair Irving up with another lottery pick.