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Tuesday / February 27.
  • Toronto’s Scottie Barnes names NBA Rookie of the Year

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    Toronto Raptors wing Scottie Barnes has been named the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced Saturday.  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 15th 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 earning the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2022 NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel. 

    On March 18, Barnes posted career highs of 31 points and 17 rebounds to go with six assists against the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming the first rookie to have at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a game since Blake Griffin in March 2011.  Barnes finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds and five steals against the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 28, becoming the first rookie to reach 25 points, 15 rebounds and five steals in a game since Shaquille O’Neal in March 1993. 

    Toronto selected Barnes with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.  Barnes played one season at Florida State, where he was named the 2020-21 ACC Freshman of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year. 

    Barnes will be presented with a special edition 75th Anniversary commemorative trophy today in celebration of the honor, gifted in addition to the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award trophy, which he will receive later.  The commemorative trophy, composed of a solid crystal basketball, features the NBA 75 logo 3D laser etched and suspended within its center.  

    The voting results for the 2021-22 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award are below.  The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP.  Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at after the announcement of all end-of-season awards. 

    Player (Team)1st Place Votes (5 Points)2nd Place Votes (3 Points)3rd Place Votes (1 Point)Total Points
    Scottie Barnes (Toronto)48439378
    Evan Mobley (Cleveland)434610363
    Cade Cunningham (Detroit)91078153
    Jalen Green (Houston)0103
    Franz Wagner (Orlando)0022
    Herbert Jones (New Orleans)0011
    Below is the all-time list of recipients of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

     1952-53 – Don Meineke, Fort Wayne
    1953-54 – Ray Felix, Baltimore
    1954-55 – Bob Pettit, Milwaukee
    1955-56 – Maurice Stokes, Rochester
    1956-57 – Tom Heinsohn, Boston
    1957-58 – Woody Sauldsberry, Philadelphia
    1958-59 – Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis
    1959-60 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
    1960-61 – Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
    1961-62 – Walt Bellamy, Chicago
    1962-63 – Terry Dischinger, Chicago
    1963-64 – Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati
    1964-65 – Willis Reed, New York
    1965-66 – Rick Barry, San Francisco
    1966-67 – Dave Bing, Detroit
    1967-68 – Earl Monroe, Baltimore
    1968-69 – Wes Unseld, Baltimore
    1969-70 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee1970-71 – Dave Cowens, Boston (tie)
                     Geoff Petrie, Portland (tie)
    1971-72 – Sidney Wicks, Portland
    1972-73 – Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
    1973-74 – Ernie DiGregorio, Buffalo1974-75 – Jamaal Wilkes, Golden State1975-76 – Alvan Adams, Phoenix1976-77 – Adrian Dantley, Buffalo

    1977-78 – Walter Davis, Phoenix
    1978-79 – Phil Ford, Kansas City1979-80 – Larry Bird, Boston
    1980-81 – Darrell Griffith, Utah1981-82 – Buck Williams, New Jersey
    1982-83 – Terry Cummings, San Diego 1983-84 – Ralph Sampson, Houston1984-85 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1985-86 – Patrick Ewing, New York
    1986-87 – Chuck Person, Indiana
    1987-88 – Mark Jackson, New York
    1988-89 – Mitch Richmond, Golden State
    1989-90 – David Robinson, San Antonio
    1990-91 – Derrick Coleman, New Jersey
    1991-92 – Larry Johnson, Charlotte
    1992-93 – Shaquille O’Neal, Orlando
    1993-94 – Chris Webber, Golden State
    1994-95 – Grant Hill, Detroit (tie)          Jason Kidd, Dallas (tie)1995-96 – Damon Stoudamire, Toronto
    1996-97 – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
    1997-98 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio1998-99 – Vince Carter, Toronto1999-00 – Elton Brand, Chicago (tie)                 Steve Francis, Houston (tie)      2000-01 – Mike Miller, Orlando
     2001-02 – Pau Gasol, Memphis
    2002-03 – Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix2003-04 – LeBron James, Cleveland2004-05 – Emeka Okafor, Charlotte2005-06 – Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City2006-07 – Brandon Roy, Portland2007-08 – Kevin Durant, Seattle2008-09 – Derrick Rose, Chicago2009-10 – Tyreke Evans, Sacramento2010-11 – Blake Griffin, LA Clippers2011-12 – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland2012-13 – Damian Lillard, Portland
    2013-14 – Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia2014-15 – Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota
    2015-16 – Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota2016-17 – Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee2017-18 – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia2018-19 – Luka Dončić, Dallas2019-20 – Ja Morant, Memphis2020-21 – LaMelo Ball, Charlotte2021-22 – Scottie Barnes, Toronto
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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