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Trail Blazers guard Lillard in elite company

Trail Blazers guard Lillard in elite company

Blazers point-guard Damian Lillard has been voted as the NBA Rookie of the Year. That's really no surprise considering Lillard was the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month all six months of the NBA season. Lillard was a unanimous selection, just the 4th unanimous choice in NBA history, joining Ralph Sampson (1984), David Robinson (1990), and Blake Griffin (2011).

The #6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Lillard proved that he was more than capable of making the jump directly from Weber State to the NBA. He averaged 19 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds. He also played more minutes than any player in the NBA. He made 185 3-pointers to break Damon Stoudamire's franchise record for threes made in a season. The 185 made threes also set an NBA rookie record (passing Steph Curry's mark).

Lillard becomes just the 4th Trail Blazer player to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors, joining Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, and Brandon Roy.

 

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