Apr 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) sits on the bench in the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
In yet another comedic vote of the NBA media, Kyrie Irving has won the Rookie of the Year award by garnering just 117 of a possible 120 first place votes. Irving's rookie season was head and shoulders above the rest of his peers and it is puzzling how he didn't receive all 120 votes.
Irving, the leader in this race from Christmas on, carried the Cavaliers all term long and looks to be a future multiple time All-NBA player.
The award was won by Irving with a total of 592 points and as you will see below he destroyed the field overall (first place votes in parentheses):
1. Irving - 592 points (117)
2. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota - 170 points
3. Faried - 129 points (1)
4. Leonard - 47 points (1)
5. Shumpert - 33 points (1)
There certainly are millions of things more important in sports than Kyrie Irving not winning this award unanimously but it reflects poorly again on the group of people who comprise the voters for this award.
With almost no case to be made for any other candidate, it was specifically worrisome to see one person actually place Irving third on his or her ballot.
Someday these votes must be made public although it's not like that will change anything.
In related news, the Cavaliers are definitely doing this with Anthony Davis at this time in 2013!