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Barnes named rookie of the year



The NBA announced on Saturday that Toronto strong winger Scottie Barnes had been voted rookie of the year, ahead of Evan Mobley (Cleveland) and Cade Cunningham (Detroit).

Scottie Barnes succeeds LaMelo Ball! The strong winger from Toronto, who will turn 21 next August, was voted rookie of the year by the NBA, which announced this Saturday. The Floridian, drafted in fourth position last year by the Raptors, thus becomes the third player in the Canadian franchise to receive this prestigious award, after Damon Stoudemire in 1996 and Vince Carter in 1999. Scottie Barnes received 378 points from of the jury, made up of 100 journalists, 48 ​​of whom placed him in first position. He beat the No. 3 of the last draft, the strong winger (or pivot) of Cleveland Evan Mobley (363 points, 43 first places) and the No. 1 of the draft Cade Cunningham, the leader of Detroit (153 points , 9 first places), two players also born in 2011. Barnes and Mobley are separated by only fifteen points, making it the narrowest gap between the top two in this category since the rookie of the year was named with this format in 2003. You have to go back to 2017 (Malcolm Brogdon) to have a player outside the Top 3 of the previous draft be voted best rookie.

Over 15 points average for Barnes

Scottie Barnes posted 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 35 minutes this season on a Toronto team that surprised everyone by finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference, and is currently led 3-1 by Philadelphia in the first round of the play-offs. Barnes is the rookie who has played the most minutes, he was also in the major five of the 74 regular season games in which he participated. With Scottie Barnes best rookie and Marcus Smart (Boston) best defender, we know the first two awards of the season. It remains to award the titles of best coach, best sixth man, best progress and of course MVP. Titles that will be announced throughout these 2022 play-offs.

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