Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Rookie of the Year on Wednesday after a landslide vote, becoming the NBA’s first unanimous choice for the award in 21 years.
Griffin received every first-place vote from a panel of 118 media members, the Clippers’ rookie is the first to win the award unanimously since San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson did it in 1990.
The No. 1 overall draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2009 missed all of the 2009-10 season after breaking his kneecap in the Clippers’ final preseason game, but returned with one of the most impressive debut campaigns in league history.
Griffin led all rookies in scoring and rebounding while playing in all 82 games for the Clippers, finishing 12th in the entire NBA in scoring (22.5 points) and fourth in rebounds (12.1) while ranking second among rookies in assists (3.8)
The 6-foot-10 power forward was the NBA’s first rookie All-Star since Yao Ming in 2003. He also won the dunk contest at All-Star weekend in Staples Center when he leaped over a car.
Griffin received a maximum 590 points in the voting, John Wall was a distant second with 91 of the 118 second-place votes to finish with 295 points.
New York’s Landry Fields received 12 second-place votes and 62 points, but finished fourth in the overall voting behind Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, who received 11 second-place votes and 81 points.
San Antonio’s Gary Neal and Detroit’s Greg Monroe also received votes.
Griffin was named the Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month six times, becoming the first player to sweep that award since Chris Paul did it with New Orleans in 2005-06. Also, he is the first rookie to average 20 points and 10 rebounds since Elton Brand did it in 1999-2000 season.
With what Griffin did this season and what he accomplished, the Clippers will surely be excited on what’s to come next. Griffin was head and shoulders above the rest of this year’s rookie class and he definitely deserve the award.