Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio Headline 2011-2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team!
A week after being named the 2011-2012 NBA’s Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers became the lone unanimous choice to be named to this year’s 2011-2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team. As Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio joined him in headlining the team.
Irving who received 58 points and Rubio who received 49 points in voting done by the league’s 30 head coaches, who could not vote for their own player, where joined by Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faired (46 points), Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (43 points); and New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight, who all received 40 points.
The No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Irving was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the month for every month except April. Also becoming one of only six rookies ever in the NBA to average at least 18 points, 5 assists and 1 steal while shooting at least 45 percent from the field. With Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Tyreke Evans and Alvan Adams being the others.
Rubio despite an injury-shortened debut season in which he played only 41 games, averaged 10.6 points, a rookie-best 8.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds. Also leading all rookies with 2.2 steals and being named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December/January.
Faried averaged a rookie-best .586 field goal percentage, 7.7 rebounds and 1 block. He also averaged 10.2 points while garnering Western Conference Player of the Month honors for games played in April and helping the Nuggets reach the playoffs.
Thompson shot a rookie-best .414 from three-point range, while also averaging 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2 assists per in his rookie campaign.