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Trail Blazer guard Roy beats out Italy's Bargnani for NBA's Rookie of the Year

Trail Blazer guard Roy beats out Italy's Bargnani for NBA's Rookie of the Year

Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was chosen as the National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year on Wednesday after leading all first-year players in the league with an average of 16.8 points, 4.0 assists and 35.4 minutes in 57 games.
Roy received 127 out of a possible 128 first-place votes (638 points) for the award, known as the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Italian forward Andrea Bargnani of Toronto finished second with 264 points and Memphis' Rudy Gay was third with 93 points.
Roy was drafted out of the University of Washington with the sixth overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves, then traded to Portland for the draft rights to Randy Foye.
Roy was named the NBA Western Conference's Rookie of the Month in January, February and March. He also made the NBA All-Star game's rookie squad.
The 1.98-meter (6-foot-6), 104-kilo (229-pound) guard scored at least 20 points 16 times, including a career-high 29 against Utah on April 4.
The 22-year-old Bargnani joined Toronto after four years in the Italian league, one with Stella Azzura in his hometown of Rome and three more with perennial power Benneton Treviso.
He played in 65 games with the Raptors, averaging 25.1 minutes, 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.