Toronto’s Scottie Barnes wins the 2021-22 Kia Rookie of the Year Award

Barnes finished ahead of Cavs center Evan Mobley and No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham in the poll.

• 2021-22 NBA Awards
• NBA Rookie Player of the Year Award Winners

NEW YORK – Toronto Raptors guard 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 sports journalists and broadcasters. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley finished in second place with 363 points (43 first-place votes). The 15-point gap between first and second places marks the smallest margin in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting under the current voting format, which began in the 2002-03 season.

Detroit Pistons point guard Cade Cunningham finished in third place with 153 points (nine first-place votes). Players received 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. place 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 stats. officers 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 join the Clorox Rising Stars at the 2022 NBA All-Star. Barnes helped the Raptors improve to 48-34 this season after finishing 27-45 last season, with Toronto winning the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference to the 2022 NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel.

On March 18, Barnes recorded a career-high 31 points and 17 rebounds 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 February 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 in the state of Florida, where he was named the 2020-21 ACC Rookie of the Year and sixth man of the year.

Barnes will be presented with a special edition 75º An anniversary commemorative trophy today in commemoration of the honor, presented in addition to the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, which he will receive later. The commemorative trophy, consisting of a solid crystal basketball, features the laser-engraved 3D NBA 75 logo suspended at its center.

The vote was tabulated by independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. Complete ballots for each voter will be posted on following the announcement of all end-of-season prizes.

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