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Barnes named NBA’s rookie of the year

A star as a Sixth Man at Florida State, Scottie Barnes is also a rising star in the NBA. And now he is the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year, earning the prestigious honor on Saturday afternoon.

The Toronto Raptors selected Barnes with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 draft. Barnes averaged 10.4 points, 4.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds at FSU and was named the 2020-21 ACC freshman and sixth man of the year.

Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.08 steals and 0.74 blocks in 35.4 minutes in 74 games for Toronto, leading all rookies in minutes, ranking third in points and rebounds and finishing fifth in assists, steals and blocks.  

Barnes received 378 points (48 first-place votes) from a panel of 100 writers and broadcasters. Cleveland forward-center Evan Mobley finished in second place with 363 points (43 first-place votes).  The 15-point difference between the first- and second-place finishers marks the smallest margin in NBA Rookie of the Year balloting under the current voting format, which began with the 2002-03 season.