Chicago’s Derrick Rose has won the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year award, the league announced today.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook finished fourth behind Memphis’ O.J. Mayo and New Jersey’s Brook Lopez.
Rose received 111 first-place votes (574 points) from a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Mayo received five first-place votes and 246 points. Lopez received two first-place votes and 127 points. Westbrook received two first-place votes and 73 total points.
Rose, the No. 1 overall pick, ranked second among rookies in scoring (16.8 points per game), first in assists (6.8 assists per game) and averaged 3.9 rebounds while starting 80 of 81 games in 37 minutes per game.