Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Dratini927 on Thu May 02, 2013 12:10 am

Damian Lillard wins the NBA’s 2012-13 Rookie of the Year Award

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard has been named the NBA's 2012-13 Rookie of the Year, as announced late afternoon Wednesday in the least surprising news of the league's awards season so far. The sixth pick in last June's draft received all 121 first-place votes, becoming the first unanimous winner since Blake Griffin in the 2010-11 season. Lillard led all rookies in scoring average (19.0 ppg), assists (6.5 apg), and minutes (38.6 mpg, also second overall in the NBA) and established himself as the award's frontrunner in the earliest days of the season.

Lillard impressed throughout the season with his scoring ability and feel for the game, becoming one of the leaders of the Blazers along with All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and a face of the franchise moving forward. Lillard helped to fill the backcourt gap left by the injury-plagued final seasons of Brandon Roy, the franchise's last Rookie of the Year in 2006-07, and he was one of the most watchable players in the league for non-partisans, as well.

Nevertheless, there's some question as to whether he deserved to be a unanimous winner. In separate pieces for ESPN.com, Ethan Sherwood Strauss and Henry Abbott argued that New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis, the top pick in the draft and a distant second in voting, deserved the award on the strengths of his stellar defense and better efficiency stats, even though he played in 18 fewer games and nearly 10 fewer minutes per game than Lillard. Despite playing significantly less time than Lillard, several stats show that Davis added more value to his team over the course of the season. And while efficiency shouldn't always stand in for value, these metrics do show that Davis likely didn't earn enough attention for his contributions this season.

On the other hand, impact can be measured in many different ways. Historically, the Rookie of Year hasn't been the "best" or "most productive" player, but the first-year pro who impresses himself upon the NBA most forcefully. In that sense, it's not hard to see how he won this award so easily. Over the season's six months, he was far and away the league's most talked about rookie, putting up highlights and gaudy numbers on a regular basis. He simply mattered to lots of people around the league.

To be sure, this designation does not mean that Lillard is and/or will go down as the best player in his draft class. While this award might cause observers to put Lillard in the same best-in-the-league conversation with young stars like Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, he is a different player in different circumstances. Lillard turns 23 on July 15 and is less than two years younger than both Rose and Westbrook, which suggests he has less room to grow physically and mentally than those players did at similar points in their careers. He can improve in many areas (and said in Wednesday's press conference that he plans to work hard at exactly that this summer), but basic math suggests that he's farther along in his development than other recent dynamic point guards.

I don't mean these comments to come across as criticism of Lillard — he's a great young player and a very deserving winner of this award. However, we owe him an honest appraisal of his NBA future, lest we place unrealistic expectations on him in future seasons. There are many, many reasons to think that this accomplishment is just the first in a list of great achievements in Lillard's career. Yet, with players this young, one great season confer greatness on an entire career. That Lillard seems to recognize this reality could be the best sign that this award is just the beginning.


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All the hype about Davis early on was no match for Lillard's performance.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Thu May 02, 2013 12:47 am

He's a stud. He deserved it. Congrats...
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby lakersyunowin on Thu May 02, 2013 1:35 am

well deserved, kid's a beast. thx for helping out with my fantasy championship :man12:
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby therealdeal on Thu May 02, 2013 9:13 am

Well duh.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Doc Brown on Thu May 02, 2013 9:22 am

Pau for Lillard / Matthews / Batum
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby pound4pound1 on Thu May 02, 2013 9:46 am

knew the kid was a stud from the first pre season game we played against them...well deserved
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Rooscooter on Thu May 02, 2013 10:40 am

pound4pound1 wrote:knew the kid was a stud from the first pre season game we played against them...well deserved


How?!..... all point guard look like that against us..... :man10:

Seriously, a little faith has been restored for me in the post season "awards" with this choice. He was clearly the best rookie and is playing possibly the most difficult position for a youngster in the league. Portland's Karma had to turn at some point didn't it?
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby lakerfan2 on Thu May 02, 2013 10:41 am

Rooscooter wrote:
pound4pound1 wrote:knew the kid was a stud from the first pre season game we played against them...well deserved


How?!..... all point guard look like that against us..... :man10:

Seriously, a little faith has been restored for me in the post season "awards" with this choice. He was clearly the best rookie and is playing possibly the most difficult position for a youngster in the league. Portland's Karma had to turn at some point didn't it?


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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby pound4pound1 on Thu May 02, 2013 10:45 am

Rooscooter wrote:
pound4pound1 wrote:knew the kid was a stud from the first pre season game we played against them...well deserved


How?!..... all point guard look like that against us..... :man10:

Seriously, a little faith has been restored for me in the post season "awards" with this choice. He was clearly the best rookie and is playing possibly the most difficult position for a youngster in the league. Portland's Karma had to turn at some point didn't it?



HA! good point


and yea, they were eventually gonna get some luck with the draft...i believe Lillard can be a cornerstone
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby dj vitus on Thu May 02, 2013 12:36 pm

Wasn't it originally New Jersey's pick? :man10:

That said, this kid looked like the real deal in college, and now it's great to see him pan out.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu May 02, 2013 12:46 pm

This kid impressed me this season. Well deserved. Wonder if he will have that sophmore slump?
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby thisbjgz on Thu May 02, 2013 6:15 pm

Doc Brown wrote:Pau for Lillard / Matthews / Batum


Robbery of the century.


But hell yeah I'm on board and I ain't EVER looking back lmao. that trade would make us lethal.

jokes aside I'd love him to consider LA once he's off that rookie contract. I follow him on twitter and the only city he's tweeted that he loved all year was LA ! :jam2: :man1:
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby John3:16 on Thu May 02, 2013 6:24 pm

I'll be the first.................

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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby karacha on Thu May 02, 2013 7:08 pm

Deserved.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu May 02, 2013 8:04 pm

Shocked :man4:







Going to be a great player, I'm most impressed with his poise. Nothing seems to phase him.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby 432J on Thu May 02, 2013 11:44 pm

he'll be playing for the lakers eventually

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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby laakers on Sat May 03, 2014 12:39 am

Damian Lillard Discussion thread? Damian Lillad Discussion thread. Deserving after that shot tonight... How do we get him? :bow:
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Rooscooter on Sat May 03, 2014 7:51 am

This kid is already the top PG in terms of overall value to a winning team. He's got the drive and determination you don't see that often on top of being extremely talented.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Vasashi17 on Sat May 03, 2014 8:30 am

Damian....hmm

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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Chillbongo on Sat May 03, 2014 11:00 am

A bunch of us here have been talking about this stud since last year. Last year's Portland game (1 game before achilles tear) where Kobe went apes*** and Lillard literally went mano a mano with him, was the icing on the cake for me. Knew he'd be great.

He has the Kobe killer instinct. Completely different players....both have ice cold veins. He's going to be the closest thing to Kobe for a while....most kids don't have his drive/tenacity.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Chillbongo on Sat May 03, 2014 11:09 am

puffyusaf#2 wrote:This kid impressed me this season. Well deserved. Wonder if he will have that sophmore slump?

Well that answers your question Puff.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby jlkr on Sat May 03, 2014 12:02 pm

Rondo with an outside shot.

This kid will rise to the top of the PG heap. He'll be the starting PG on the 2016 Olympic team. Ahead of Irving, Paul and Williams.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Doc Brown on Sat May 03, 2014 12:09 pm

He gets paid 7.5 million combined the next two seasons. Talk about value.

I hope we nail our pick so we can have a young stud like Lillard guaranteed for two contract cycles below market value for him.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby halekulani on Sat May 03, 2014 12:11 pm

rondo
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what

lillard is more of a scorer than he is a pg
he's about as much of a pg as rose or wb is
his best asset will always be scoring.
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Re: Damian Lillard - 2012/2013 Rookie of the Year

Postby Frank Dux on Sat May 03, 2014 12:34 pm

I would take Lillard over Chris Paul. I love his skillset, but I love his confidence and poise even more. Most of the fake superstars today are afraid of the ball in clutch situations. Lillard craves those last second possessions. I was so impressed that he made that move to the ball so confidently, and when he caught it, you knew it was going in.
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