Blake Griffin Named NBA Rookie of the Year
Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:23 pm
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Originally Published: May 3, 2011 8:47 PM CDTOklahoma Sports Staff
LOS ANGELES – Though there was no doubt in anyone's mind it would happen, former Sooner Blake Griffin has officially been named the NBA's Rookie of the Year.
He became the first unanimous Rookie of the Year selection since David Robinson won it in 1990. He received 118 out of 118 first-place votes.
John Wall of the Wizards finished second in the voting with 295 points and Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins finished third with 81 points.
Griffin put up averages of 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in one of the top rookie seasons in league history.
He was drafted No. 1 overall in 2009 out of Oklahoma, and missed what would have been his rookie season with a broken kneecap.
Because he didn’t play in a single regular season game that year, Griffin is officially considered a rookie for the 2010-11 season.
Griffin became the first rookie All-Star since Yao Ming, won the league’s dunk contest and was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month all six times.
He and Sam Bradford have done something that no other duo has achieved - both won Rookie of the Year honors in their respective leagues. Sam Bradford was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year this past season with the St. Louis Rams.
Griffin and Bradford both won National Player of the Year awards in college and both went No. 1 overall in their respective drafts.
1. Blake Griffin, Clippers
2. John Wall, Wizards
3. DeMarcus Cousins, Kings
4. Landry Fields, Knicks
5. Gary Neal, San Antonio
6. Greg Monroe, Detroit