Even a right shoulder injury can’t slow down the success that Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving is having. After taking home the honors for the Eastern Conference in both January and February, Irving was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March for the third straight month. Irving has captured this award all three times that it’s been handed out so far this season.
Irving’s Rookie of the Month campaign began early in the month as he hit a game winner against the Denver Nuggets on March 7, sparking a three-game winning streak that included impressive performances against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. Irving also recored his first career double-double in a loss against the Atlanta Hawks on March 18.
In honor of Irving’s great achievement(s), Right Down Euclid will take a look at how Irving’s statistics for the months of January, February and March compare.
January – first Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award:
In the 17 games that Irving played in his first full month in the NBA, he averaged 18.9 points, 4.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds. He shot .535 from the field, .449 from beyond the three-point arc and .833 from the free throw line. He played 29.2 minutes in those 17 games in which the Cavaliers went 7-10.
February – second Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award:
Irving missed three games in the month of February, but ended the month strong scoring 20 or more points in five of the seven final games of February. Irving played in 10 games in February, averaging 19.3 points, 5.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds, all improvements from the success he had in January. He shot .422 from the field, .444 from three-point land and .953 from the charity stripe. He clocked in 35.3 minutes per game as the Cavaliers went 4-6 in the 10 games that he played in.
March – third Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award:
Irving did not play in the first game in the month of March or in the last game. That may be the case for the next couple games as a right shoulder injury has the team evaluating his return to the court. It shouldn’t be too long before Irving is dominating the Rookie of the Year talks once again. In the 15 games in March that Irving played he averaged 19.9 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds, once again improving on the previous month’s statistics. Irving also shot .458 from the field, .413 from beyond the three-point arc and .881 from the free throw line. Irving did see a decline in minutes played (32.3) as the Cavaliers went a dismal 4-11 with Irving on the court.
April remains a mystery whether Irving will sweep the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards, but one thing for certain is that he’s definitely the front runner in Rookie of the Year talks.