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May 2, 2007 at 10:19 AM

Roy wins NBA ROY Award

After a season’s worth of speculation, today comes proof that the Roy in Brandon Roy really does stand for Rookie of the Year.
The award is being announced today and this story from NBA.com states that Roy is the winner, having received 127 out of a possible 128 first-place votes.
Roy averaged 16.8 points and 4.0 assists for Portland this season.
This is one of the highest NBA awards ever won by a UW alum. Detlef Schrempf won consecutive awards as the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1990 and 1991.
Roy is also a graduate of Garfield High in Seattle.
He left UW as the 10th-leading scorer in school history, averaging 14.3 points for his career, and 20.2 as a senior in the 2006 season, then came the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft.
That made him the second-highest pick of any UW player following Bob Houbregs, who was the No. 3 pick in 1953.
UPDATE — And here’s Jason Quick’s blog from the Oregonian with some details on the one person who didn’t vote for Roy, Toronto play-by-play announcer Chuck Swirsky.
As Quick points out, Roy could have been the third unanimous pick in NBA history (the others being Ralph Sampson in 1984 and David Robinson in 1990) if not for the vote of Swirsky.
Interestingly, this bio of Swirsky points out that he was, in fact, born in Seattle.
Equally interestingly, as of 11:25 a.m., that Wikipedia bio had already been amended to include the line that “after the 2006-2007 season, Chuck gained noteriety as a homer for being the only NBA post-season awards voter on the entire panel not to vote for Brandon Roy for rookie of the year, instead voting for his Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani.”
I’ll let you decide how unbiased Swirsky might have been, but it seems a little disingenuous to suggest he didn’t have just a tiny bit — tiny bit being a relative term, of course — considering his close association with the Raptors.

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