Report: Scottie Barnes wins Rookie of the Year honors over Evan Mobley

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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Evan Mobley has apparently lost to Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes in balloting for the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year.

The 20-year-old Mobley was the third overall player taken in the 2021 NBA Draft. During his time on the court for the Cavaliers this season, he delivered a strong rookie campaign that helped turn around what had been a struggling Cavaliers franchise.

In 69 regular season games for the Cavs, Mobley averaged 15.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.

Barnes was chosen by the Raptors just after Mobley with the fourth overall pick. In 74 regular season games, Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per contest.

While the news likely comes as a disappointment to Mobley, he’s hopefully just begun what has the potential to be a long and productive NBA career. The Cavaliers are certainly in a position to keep him as part of the organization for a long time.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.