April 17, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) pauses during a free throw against Golden State Warriors in the second half at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Awards 2013: Damian Lillard Named NBA Rookie Of The Year


Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been named the 2013 NBA Rookie Of The Year in a unanimous vote.

Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Chris Copeland (New York Knicks), Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto Raptors), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats), and John Jenkins (Atlanta Hawks) also received votes.

Lillard was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Portland.

Having played all 82 games during the regular season, Lillard would average 19.0 points (first amongst rookies), 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists (1st). He shot 42.9% from the field and 36.8% from three-point range.

He now joins Geoff Petrie (1970-71), Sidney Wicks (1971-72) and Brandon Roy (2006-07) as the only Trail Blazers in franchise history to win the award. He also joins Ralph Sampson, David Robinson and Blake Griffin as the only players to win unanimously.

During the course of the season, Lillard would sweep the Western Conference Rookie Of The Month award. He also emerged victorious at NBA All-Star weekend, winning the 2013 Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

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