The Jazz’s two NBA newcomers didn’t receive any votes for the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year award.
Both Enes Kanter and Alec Burks had their moments and contributed nicely at times for the Jazz in their first years, but it is not a surprising development that they didn’t get any Rookie of the Year attention.
That is, until you consider this: Josh Selby finished 12th in the voting for the prestigious award.
To answer your “Who?” question: Selby, a point guard from Kansas, played in 28 games for the Memphis Grizzlies this past season. And take a look at his shining stats: 2.3 points, 1.1 assists while shooting 34.7 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from 3-point range. (Granted, that long-range percentage would’ve made him one of the Jazz’s better shooters, but still. … Yes, I’m kidding.)
To compare the Jazz rookies to Selby’s less-than-stellar rookie campaign:
Burks: 7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3PT%
Kanter: 4.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.1 apg, 49.6 FG%
If Selby deserved a third-place vote, Burks could’ve won the award and Kanter could’ve finished second. By the way, if Selby doesn’t ring a bell, it’s probably because he played a grand total of zero minutes in the three Jazz-Grizzlies games this past season and only appeared in 28 contests his entire rookie campaign.
For the record, my ballot reflected the final results: 1. Kyrie Irving, 2. Ricky Rubio, 3. Kenneth Faried.
Here are the official results for the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as voted upon by a panel of U.S. and Canadian sports writers and broadcasters (most of whom don’t make silly votes):
Rookie, Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland 117 2 1 592
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota - 49 23 170
Kenneth Faried, Denver 1 30 34 129
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio 1 9 15 47
Iman Shumpert, New York 1 7 7 33
Klay Thompson, Golden State - 5 15 30
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento - 6 10 28
Brandon Knight, Detroit - 6 3 21
Chandler Parsons, Houston - 3 5 14
MarShon Brooks, New Jersey - 1 1 4
Kemba Walker, Charlotte - – 3 3
Josh Selby, Memphis – – 1 1