As you might expect, the NBA's 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving made the All-Rookie team. Irving, who captured 117 of 120 first-place votes for the top rookie award, was obviously a lock choice for the first team. Joining him on the first team are six others, including Minnesota's Ricky Rubio, Denver's Kenneth Faried, Golden State's Klay Thompson, New York's Iman Shumpert, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, and Detroit's Brandon Knight.
The Cavaliers other top five 2012 Draft pick, Tristan Thompson, was named to the second team All-Rookie. Thomspon averaged 8.2 points per game and 6.5 boards per game in just over 23 minutes of action this season. He was joined on the second team by Houston's Chandler Parsons, Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas, New Jersey's MarShon Brooks, and Minnesota's Derrick Williams. With the Cavaliers hold four of the top 35 picks in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft, they have an opportunity to add multiple All-Rookie players again in 2013.
Irving reportedly received 117 of 120 first place votes, narrowly missing out on becoming the fourth-ever player to win the award unanimously. Blake Griffin won unanimously last season, but before that it had been since David Robinson in 1990 that a player garnered each first-place vote.
"This is not only for me, this is for the city of Cleveland. So this award is for you guys."
Irving led all rookies (and Cavs) with 18.5 points per game and was second in assists with 5.4 per game.
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Late Monday afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they were going to make a "major announcement" on Tuesday morning at the team's practice facility at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Of course, it is assumed that the team is planning to announce that standout star Kyrie Irving will officially be named as the NBA's Rookie of the Year.
The announcement is currently scheduled for 10 am and there is yet to be confirmation as to whether ESPN will be providing an hour long special.
#Cavs just sent out notice of their "major announcement" at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Wonder what it is?
Irving is the second Cavalier to come away with the honor, joining LeBron James as the only other member of the franchise to be named as the league's top rookie (James won the award in the 2003-04 season). Irving averaged 18.5 points and 30 minutes per game this season, shooting 46.9 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from three-point range.