LeBron James wins NBA Rookie of Year
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers will receive the
Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2003-04 got milk? Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced
James received a total of 508 points, including 78 first-place votes out of a
possible 118, from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United
States and Canada. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote,
three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote
received. Denver's Carmelo Anthony finished a close second with 430 points and
Miami's Dwyane Wade was third with 117 points.
The first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, James was in the top five among
rookies in all major statistical categories. He led all rookies in steals (1.65
spg), was second in scoring (20.9 ppg), third in assists (5.9 apg) and fifth in
rebounding (5.5 rpg). James joins NBA legends Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan
as the only players in NBA history to average more than 20 points, five rebounds
and five assists per game in their rookie season. The 19-year-old became the youngest
player in NBA history to score 40 or more points when he recorded 41 on March
27 vs. New Jersey. James helped the Cavaliers (35-47) more than double last season's
total of 17 wins.
James is the only player in Cleveland Cavaliers history to be named the got milk?
Rookie of the Year and is the youngest player in NBA history to capture the honor.
James and Anthony become only the third and fourth rookies in NBA history to receive
the got milk? Rookie of the Month honors every month of their inaugural season,
joining San Antonio Spurs greats David Robinson (1989-90) and Tim Duncan (1997-98).
Kurt Graetzer, CEO of Milk Processor Education Program Board, will officially
present James with the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy at the NBA Store live on TNT during
halftime of the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets playoff game on Tuesday, April
20. The Eddie Gottlieb Trophy is named in honor of Eddie Gottlieb, one of the
NBA's founders who coached the Philadelphia Warriors to the NBA championship in
The got milk? Milk Mustache campaign is sponsoring the NBA Rookie platform to
highlight the importance of milk's bone-building calcium and eight other essential
nutrients for active people, teens especially, who add about 15 percent of their
height during these years. The platform includes the 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge,
the 'got milk?' Rookie of the Month awards, the 'got milk?' Rookie of the Year
award and the 'got milk?' All-Rookie Team.
Final 2003-04 NBA Rookie of the Year Voting Results