There were some rumors I heard that the ROY voting was nearly a tie, with the Kings’ Tyreke Evans beating the Warriors’ Stephen Curry by only a few votes. It turns out that was just a rumor. The voting was close, but Evans was the clear-cut winner.
Here are the results (5 points for first place, 3 points for second, 1 point for third):
1. Tyreke Evans, 67 first, 50 second, 6 third = 491 points
2. Stephen Curry, 43 first, 50 second, 26 third = 391 points
3. Brandon Jennings, 12 first, 22 second, 78 third = 204 points
4. Darren Collison, 1 first, 1 second, 9 third = 17 points
5. Jonny Flynn, 0 first, 0 second, 2 third = 2 points
6. Taj Gibson, 0 first, 0 second, 2 third =2 points
A few thoughts: I don’t have a big gripe with the voting for the first three players, though it’s clear that Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry hurt each other in the voting with their presence. Jennings relegated Curry to third place on a lot of voters’ ballots, who put Jennings either first or second because he was the only viable candidate that played for a playoff team. I don’t understand why Curry was penalized for playing for a bad team (26 third-place votes) but Evans wasn’t (6 third-place votes). But, I think the voting in the top three was pretty straight-forward.
The other three players who received votes make me wonder what some voters are thinking. I don’t know who gave Collison a first-place vote but I would LOVE to hear their reasoning. I can’t think of any reasonable justification for that vote. Jonny Flynn doesn’t deserve any votes. His play this season was mediocre and his team (the Timberwolves) stunk.
I guess I could see some voters giving Taj Gibson a couple third-place votes because he played for a playoff team (Bulls). The same voters who voted Jennings first possibly gave Gibson a third-place vote because of the value they placed on team success. But with that reasoning, why not Ty Lawson (Nuggets), James Harden (Thunder), Wes Matthews (Jazz) or DeJuan Blair (Spurs)? Their statistics were similar to Gibson’s and they all played for playoff teams (in the West, which is more impressive).
I was also surprised that the Hornets’ Marcus Thornton didn’t garner a single vote. He averaged 14.5 points with good percentages.
There’s no shame in finishing second in this race. Curry had a spectacular rookie season and exceeded the majority of expectations. He’s a player the Warriors can build around, and to get a player like that with the seventh pick in the draft is impressive. The Warriors deserve credit for that move.
Click here to read the NBA’s official press release about the Rookie of the Year voting.