NBA Rookie of the Year winner: Raptors’ Scottie Barnes
The Toronto Raptors guard-forward has been named the 2021-22 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year.
We’re well into the playoffs and the NBA awards are being handed out. On Saturday we found out that the 2021-22 Rookie of the Year is Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors.
Barnes wins Rookie of the Year 2021-22
In his first season with the Raptors, Barnes averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds on 49.2% shooting. Cleveland Cavaliers forward-center Evan Mobley finished in second place, with the smallest margin in NBA Rookie of the Year balloting under the current voting format.
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The statement on the award was published in New York.
Toronto Raptors guard-forward Scottie Barnes has been named the 2021-22 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today. He is the third player to win the annual award with Toronto, joining Damon Stoudamire (1995-96) and Vince Carter (1998-99).
Barnes received 378 points (48 first-place votes) from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Cleveland Cavaliers forward-center Evan Mobley finished in second place with 363 points (43 first-place votes). The 15-point difference between the first- and second-place finishers marks the smallest margin in NBA Rookie of the Year balloting under the current voting format, which began with the 2002-03 season.
Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham finished in third place with 153 points (nine first-place votes). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.08 steals and 0.74 blocks in 35.4 minutes in 74 games, leading all rookies in minutes, ranking third in points and rebounds and finishing fifth in assists, steals and blocks. He is the sixth rookie to average at least 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.00 steals and 0.70 blocks in a season since steals and blocks became official statistics in the 1973-74 season, joining Alvan Adams (1975-76), Lionel Simmons (1990-91), Chris Webber (1993-94), Lamar Odom (1999-00) and Ben Simmons (2017-18).
A starter in every game he played, Barnes became the first rookie in Raptors history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in a season. He set the franchise rookie record for offensive rebounds with 195, which was a team high and ranked 15′ among all NBA players.
Barnes. 20, was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month twice (February and March/April). He was also selected to participate in the Clorox Rising Stars at NBA All-Star 2022. Barnes helped the Raptors improve to 48-34 this season after finishing 27-45 last season, with Toronto carning the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2022 NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel.
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