Friday, May 11, 2001

Martin loses NBA rookie award to Miller

The Associated Press

        Former University of Cincinnati star Kenyon Martin, now with the New Jersey Nets, lost the NBA Rookie of the Year Award to the Orlando Magic's Mike Miller Thursday. But it might be more accurate to say Martin lost it in late March when he broke his leg.

        “In my opinion, Kenyon was the best rookie in the NBA this year,” Nets coach Byron Scott said. “The Rookie of the Year award is supposed to go to the best rookie. No rookie this year had a bigger impact on their team than Kenyon did.”

        Martin, the first pick in the 2000 NBA draft, was second in scoring and rebounds among rookies, and first in blocked shots when he went out for the season. He averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.66 blocks and 33.4 minutes per game.

        Miller, the fifth overall pick, averaged 11.9 points, 4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 29.1 minutes. Among rookies, he ranked in the top seven in six statistical categories, including first in 3-point field goal percentage and third in scoring.

        Miller might not have had a chance to win the award except for an injury to teammate Grant Hill. That allowed Miller to step into the starting lineup in December.

        Miller received 75 of a possible 124 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Martin had 36 votes.


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