Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, joins the likes of LeBron James and Derrick Rose as No. 1 overall picks who also claimed the Rookie of the Year award.
Irving only appeared in 11 games with the Duke Blue Devils due to a sprained right toe that sidelined him for the majority of the year. Still, he put together one of the most impressive rookie seasons in recent memory. Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game for the 21-45 Cavaliers.
He also exhibited surprising efficiency in his first year, shooting 46.6 from the field, 39.9 percent from behind the arc and 87.2 percent from the line. His 73 3-pointers put him fourth among rookies, only Klay Thompson, Brandon Knight and Isaiah Thomas knocked down more perimeter shots.
Irving’s 21.42 PER, according to HoopData.com, is 20th in the entire league and his true shooting percentage (56.6%) is eigth among point guards with +40 games played and +25 minutes.