Cleveland Cavaliers first-overall draft selection Kyrie Irving has been named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January 2012.
Year to date, Irving is averaging 18.1 points (on 51.1 percent shooting) and 4.9 assists in 28.8 minutes per game, leading the Cavs to a record of 8-12 which is good enough for ninth overall in the conference. Among Eastern Conference point guards, Irving trails only Chicago’s Derrick Rose, New Jersey’s Deron Williams and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings in scoring.
Irving is among the top-15 in the entire NBA in True Shooting Percentage (59.7) as well as Effective Field Goal Percentage (55.4). The 19-year-old’s PER (22.6) presently ranks him 12th in the entire league, trailing only Rose and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in terms of a peer group.
Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio took home the honors in the Western Conference.
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