Russell Westbrook finishes far back in Rookie of the Year voting

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 23, 2009 at 1:03 am •  Published: April 23, 2009
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pg) and minutes (38.1 mpg) and averaged 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists as one of only two rookies to start all 82 games.

Lopez, the 10th overall pick, averaged 13 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots and 30.5 minutes.

While the final order for the award certainly can be debated, it’s Westbrook’s distant finish that comes as a bit of a shock considering his production rivaled or bested his competition over the second half of the season.

Since February, Westbrook averaged 16.3 points, 5.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Over that same span, Rose averaged 16.9 points, 6.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds, while Mayo averaged 17.7 points, 3.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Lopez averaged 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.7 blocked shots.

Team success does little to explain the wide gap between second and fourth place. Mayo’s Memphis team recorded only one more win than the Thunder’s 23, and Lopez’s Nets finished 34-48.

Rose, however, led his Bulls to a 41-41 record and the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, something even Westbrook considered a major factor as Chicago began surging last month.

"The main thing is winning with your team,” Westbrook said, "and putting your team in the best situation possible and getting better as the season goes along...I just try to get better each month or each week, just trying to improve myself on the court.”


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