The NBA announced Thursday that Andrew Wiggins won its Rookie of the Year Award, coming away with 110 of a possible 130 first-place votes. Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton finished fourth, behind Wiggins, Nikola Mirotić, and Nerlens Noel.
Wiggins' winning the award was a foregone conclusion early in the season due to his high-scoring performances. He finished his rookie campaign averaging 16.9 points per game to go with 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Payton exceeded expectations as a rookie, displaying natural playmaking instincts despite transitioning from the Sun Belt Conference to the world's top pro hoops league. On the season, he scored 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. In addition, he appeared in all 82 games for Orlando, including 63 starts.
Payton received three first-place votes--all from members of the Orlando media-- as well as eight second-place votes and 40 third-place votes.
Long term, Payton figures to team with Victor Oladipo--the 2014 runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors--to form a dynamic Magic backcourt.