In a collaborative effort between ESPN’s Marc Stein and The Plain Dealer’s Tom Reed, multiple reports have named Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving as the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year.
With Irving leading all rookies in scoring, netting just under 19 points per contest with very efficient shooting percentages, and providing the city of Cleveland with a sense of excitement that was alleged to be missing with this entire draft class, the only question remaining is if the first-overall selection was a unanimous recipient of the award that he has seemingly had locked from the very beginning.
The Cavs used the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft to select Irving, who played in just 11 games as a freshman at Duke due to a toe injury. The 6-foot-3-inch Irving quickly stepped into a starting role and didn’t look back, winning several contests in the final possession and becoming one of the best young points guards in the game.
In a recent press conference, Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert reiterated the importance of the team building with Irving as well as the rest of the young players on the Wine and Gold roster.
The Cavaliers have reportedly set aside Tuesday morning to hold a press conference to provide Irving with another piece of hardware for his mantle. Irving will be the fifth point guard in the last seven years to win the award, joining Chris Paul, Brandon Roy, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose.