Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Kyrie Irving has been named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February, 2012.
Though February, Irving averaged 19.3 points (on .422 shooting), 3.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35.3 minutes per game. In six of the 10 games played, Irving notched at least 20 points and became the stage where the first-overall selection notched his NBA career high in assists (11). During the month, he ranked 1st in scoring, three-point percentage, free throw percentage and assists among Eastern Conference rookies.
Not included in the decision was Irving being deemed MVP of the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend.
This marks the second time this season where Irving was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month as he received such accolades for December/January as well. Other rookies receiving consideration were Detroit’s Brandon Knight, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker and New Jersey’s Marshon Brooks.
Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas, the bookend to Irving with regard to the 2011 NBA Draft, received the honors in the West.