NBA Rookie Of The Year 2012: Kyrie Irvin Earns Award, Iman Shumpert Finishes 5th In Voting

The NBA's 2012 Rookie of the Year award was announced Tuesday, and, no surprise, Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irvin earned total of 592 points (117 out of 120 first-place votes) to win the honor. New York Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert finished fifth in voting with 33 points, but did earn one first-place vote.

Shumpert finished behind Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio (170 points), Kenneth Faried (129) and Kawhi Leonard (47), respectively.Faried and Leonard were the only other two player to earn first-place votes.

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Overall, Irvin finished tops among all first-year players in scoring scoring (18.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.469) and free throw percentage (.872). Irvin was second in assists (5.4 apg) and three-point field goal percentage (.399).

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The last Knick to win the Rookie of the Year award was Mark Jackson in the 1987-88 season.

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Meanwhile, New Jersey Nets rookie Marshon Brooks 10 out of 12 players that received votes.

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