NBA - Timberwolves' Wiggins named Rookie of Year

Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the hoop under pressure from Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA match at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (AFP Photo/FREDERIC J. BROWN)

- Canada's Andrew Wiggins was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year on Thursday, the first Minnesota Timberwolves player to scoop the honor. Last year's number one overall draft pick won by a comfortable margin over Nikola Mirotic of the Chicago Bulls. The 20-year-old Toronto native, who averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal in all 82 games for the Timberwolves, received 110 of the 130 available first-place votes. Mirotic, a Montenegro native who entered the league with a wealth of professional experience in Europe, was second with 14 first-place votes and Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel and Orlando's Elfrid Payton each garnered three. Wiggins was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month four times in his first season, but the rebuilding Timberwolves were an NBA-worst 16-66.

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