by Ethan Sherwood Strauss, Bleacher Report
Kyrie Irving won Rookie of the Year Tuesday, but he really won it before the All-Star break, then lapped the field a couple of times. Awards are funny in that way: The better the winner, the less interesting his coronation.
But there is one rookie—and only one—who touched Irving’s production on a per-minute basis. And the fact that Kenneth “Manimal” Faried was the rookie who pulled it off is a miracle.
He’s an undersized power forward who can’t shoot, hailing from Morehead State—a college I had never heard of until learning of Faried.
With the way the 22nd pick in the draft has produced (18.2 points, 13.6 rebounds per 40 per minutes), I wonder if the Cavs regret not pairing Faried with Irving. Tristan Thompson has shown potential, but the Manimal can control the game for stretches with tireless rebounding. READ MORE>>>