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Andrew Wiggins named NBA Rookie of the Year, Nuggets Jusuf Nurkic claims one vote

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The Rookie of the Year is an odd award. Do you give it to the guy who scored the most points? How does a rookie that played a key role on a playoff team factor into the mix?

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Rookie of the Year voting should take more into account than the player name and points scored. The vote is basically a popularity contest that is there for the number one pick to lose. Do I sound bitter? Maybe. I can still recall feeling Carmelo Anthony was robbed in the 2004-05 season when LeBron James took home the award. Not only did Melo help lead his team to the playoffs, unlike LeBron, but he also put up very similar stats.

Team Record Points eFG% FT% Rebounds Assists Steals Turnovers
Melo 43-39 21 44.9 77.7 6.1 2.8 1.2 3
LBJ 35-47 20.9 43.8 75.4 5.5 5.9 1.6 3.5

That should have been Melo's trophy, but I digress.

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Andew Wiggins has been named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. Wiggins averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists during his first season, and his Wolves were a league worst 16-66.

Howard Beck, of Bleacher Report, had a Tweet showing the breakdown of the top vote getters, including the Denver Nuggets' own Jusuf Nurkic.

Nurkic's lone second place vote came from Altitude Radio Network's (owned by Kroenke Sports) Jason Kosmicki, which is worth three points in the overall voting. Koz's first place vote went to Wiggins, and his third place vote was for Chicago Bulls key big man Nikola Mirotic.

Altitude TV's Scott Hastings went with Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and Jordan Clarkson. Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post voted for Wiggins, Mirotic, and Noel. Only three media members in Colorado had votes for this award.

You can see who other media members voted for by clicking here.