Listen, of course I agree that Karl-Anthony Towns deserved to be named Rookie of the Year. Look at his numbers. He averaged 18 points, nearly 11 rebounds, a couple blocks and a couple assists per game. Those are incredible numbers for anyone, let alone a 20-year-old first year player.
But when you talk about ‘rookie’ and ‘of the year’, then you can have a different conversation. On a year-to-year basis, sometimes the word ‘rookie’ can mean different things.
For instance, we’d all agree that I was deservedly named Rookie of the Year in 2004, my first season in the NBA. But should I have been named Rookie of the Year in my second season, 2005? Some would say yes. Some would say no.
In 2010-2011, I was a rookie, or ‘first year player’, so to speak, as a member of the Miami Heat. Blake Griffin was named Rookie of the Year, but many have argued that by outscoring Griffin and leading my new team to the NBA Finals, I was more deserving of the award.
In 2014-2015, as a ‘secondhand rookie’ with the Cleveland Cavaliers, I was literally named Rookie of the Year, according to my friend Kevin.
I’m not here to steal Karl-Anthony’s moment. You earned this, man. All the props in the world.
I just think we should acknowledge that these kinds of awards are always up for interpretation. And in my interpretation, I deserved to win.