Mar 30, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) dunks the ball against Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rookie of the Year: Former Tar Heel Harrison Barnes Falls Short

Well the results of this year’s National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year award has come out. Former Tar Heel great, Harrison Barnes, fell short of taking home the award this year.

Barnes finishes sixth in the polling. Don’t look at that as a negative statement, because Barnes truly put up some good numbers and had several stellar games this season.

Barnes fell a few places short of Damian Lillard who was crowned the Rookie of the Year. Lillard was drafted in the first round with the sixth overall pick by the Portland TrailBlazers.

Barnes ironically enough followed Lillard when he was picked with the seventh overall pick by the Golden State Warriors.

He (Barnes) finished the season averaging 9.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game. He’s been red hot in the playoffs thus far averaging the same if not better in those columns. He has 14.8 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game.

After what some may call a slow start to his NBA career, Barnes is most certainly picking up some steam here as of late.

Voting Results via

Rookie, Team





Damian Lillard, Portland 121 605
Anthony Davis, New Orleans 96 18 306
Bradley Beal, Washington 14 52 94
Andre Drummond, Detroit 5 21 36
Dion Waiters, Cleveland 2 15 21
Harrison Barnes, Golden State 1 5 8
Chris Copeland, New York 2 2 8
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte 3 3
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto 2 2
John Jenkins, Atlanta 1 1

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