San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard finished fourth in balloting for the Rookie of the Year announced by the NBA Tuesday morning.
Leonard was drafted 15th by the Indiana Pacers and traded to the Spurs in a draft-night swap that involved George Hill.
The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 64 regular season games, including 39 starts. He finished 3rd among rookies in steals per game (1.33 spg), 4th in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and double-doubles (4) and 5th in 3-point field goal shooting percentage (37.6 percent).
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving won the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Irving totaled 592 points and received 117 first-place votes from a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
Despite not completing the season, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio finished second with 170 points, Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried finished third with 129 points (one first-place vote).
Leonard was fourth with 47 points, including one first-place vote, nine second-place votes and 15 third-place votes. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
It was the highest finish by a Spurs rookie since Manu Ginobili placed fourth in 2003.
The Spurs have had two previous winners when David Robinson claimed the 1990 award and Tim Duncan won in 1998.
Leonard also will join the U.S. Select Team this summer. That group of young players will practice against the U.S. Olympic Team in Las Vegas in July before it begins play at the Olympics in London.
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