On Tuesday it was officially announced that Kyrie Irving was the near-unanimous selection as NBA Rookie of the Year, while former New Jersey Nets rookie Marshon Brooks finished in 10th, receiving one second place and one third place vote. Brooks was taken with the 25th pick in the draft last season, and seems to have a lot of potential. Marshon finished the season third in rookie scoring, averaging 12.6 points per game. After a very hot start to the season, Marshon suffered a few injuries and went into a second half slump. He finished the season stronger than he played in the middle, but we will hopefully see a full, strong season from him next year.
At the beginning of this season, I thought Marshon had an outside chance of winning this award, but he clearly was not one of the best 5 rookies this year after slumping in the second half. Despite this, I’m sure Marshon is very happy that he received two votes and he seems like the type of person that would like individual awards (not that he’s selfish or doesn’t care about the team; he does). I expect Marshon to build on his season in New Jersey next season when he is in Brooklyn.