For NBA Rookie of Year, the Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barton edges Evan Mobley from Cleveland Cavaliers

TORONTO – RaptorsForward Scottie BarnesEdged out Cleveland CavaliersForward Evan Mobleyto be named the 2021-22 NBA Rookie Of The Year, the gap of 15 points between the two of them being the smallest over the 20 seasons the NBA has conducted the voting in its current format.

Barnes, who was back in action on Saturday in Game 4 against the Toronto Eastern Conference's first round series Philadelphia 76ersAfter missing Games 2 and 3, a sprained left leg meant that I missed Games 3 and 4. However, I received 48 first-place votes, finished with 358 points and was listed on every ballot.

Mobley had 43 first place votes, and was selected to 99 out of 100 ballots.

Barnes is the fifth overall selection from Florida StateToronto's rookies ranked third in minutes and fifth in steals, assists, blocks, and points at 15.3 per cent.

He was awarded the Eastern Conference's Rookie-of-the-Month Award. This makes him the third Raptor to be honored as the league's best rookie after Damon Stoudamire (1996) and Vince Carter (1999).

Mobley was third among the Cleveland picks. USCThe Cavaliers were back in the playoffs after averaging 15 points per game and 8.3 rebounds for 69 games. LeBron JamesThe franchise was sold again four years ago.

Following Barnes, who received the award just before Game 4, and Mobley during the voting were Detroit Pistonsguard Cade CunninghamThe overall top pick and winner of the nine first place votes, Alicia, had 153 points. Houston RocketsGuard Jalen Green, the second overall choice, received one second place vote. Orlando MagicForward Franz Wagner, eighth overall choice, who received two votes for third; New Orleans PelicansForward Herb JonesThe 35th overall pick was voted third.

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