Commentary

Rookie Watch: Midseason awards

Originally Published: March 1, 2012
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Kyrie IrvingKim Klement/US PresswireRookie of the year front-runner Kyrie Irving is already having an award-winning season for the Cavs.

As opposed to other years, players have half the season left after the All-Star break rather than just a third of their scheduled games remaining. That means there's far more time than normal for rookies to either show improvement, taper off, suddenly arrive on the scene or disappear entirely. But let's take a moment to capture what we've seen thus far.