NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Charlotte forward Emeka Okafor was named Wednesday as the NBA's rookie of the year.
Okafor finished just ahead of Chicago's Ben Gordon for the honor.
Gordon helped push Chicago into the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons while Okafor's team was never a playoff factor. They were teammates at the University of Connecticut.
Okafor averaged 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds a game this season. He had 47 double-doubles.
"This is an award that every rookie strives to get and it means a lot to me," Okafor said.