Paul to be named NBA’s top rookie
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets point
guard Chris Paul will reportedly be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans cited league sources as saying the
announcement will be made Wednesday.
Paul would become the second Hornets player to win the award and first since
Larry Johnson in 1991-92, when the franchise was based in Charlotte.
Selected with the fourth pick in last year’s draft, the former Wake Forest
star dazzled from the start. He ranked first among rookies with averages of
16.1 points, 7.8 assists and 2.2 steals, while also leading all first-year
players with 21 double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles.
The Hornets benefited tremendously from Paul’s play with a 20-game turnaround
from the previous season. The club was just 18-64 in 2004-05, but finished
this past season with a record of 38-44, staying in playoff contention until
the final week of the season.
Paul was selected as the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for all six
months of the season and was the only unanimous selection to the league’s All-
Rookie first team.