Report: James to be named Rookie of the Year
New York, NY (Sports Network) – LeBron James is expected to be named the NBA
Rookie of the Year when the award is officially presented on Tuesday,
according to various reports.
ESPN.com reported that James beat out Denver’s Carmelo Anthony for the honor,
despite Anthony leading the Nuggets to the playoffs for the first time since
the 1994-95 campaign.
James, who was the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, will become
the first Cavalier to win the prestigious award. James averaged 20.9 points,
5.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds and helped improve Cleveland’s win total from 17
in 2002-03 to 35 this past season.
He became only the third rookie in NBA history to average at least 20 points,
five rebounds and five assists in a season, joining Michael Jordan and Oscar
James, who was named the Eastern Conference’s Rookie of the Month in every
month this season, got the Cavaliers within one game of eighth-place Boston.
The 19-year-old James scored a season-high 41 points on March 27, which made
him the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 40 in a game. He also
scored at least 30 points on 13 occasions.
The superstar guard, who came into the league straight out of high school, had
the best selling jersey in the league and also drew a sellout crowd to
Cleveland’s Gund Arena 16 times.
Anthony, who led Syracuse to the national championship in 2002-03, was the
third overall pick after just one season with the Orangemen. He averaged 21.0
points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists for his team, which finished eighth in
the West and will battle Minnesota in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Phoenix Suns’ Amare Stoudemire, who was also drafted out of high school,
was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2002-03 season.