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Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote

May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

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We’ve essentially known this for quite some time, but it became official on Wednesday: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year.

Lillard’s selection was a unanimous one, as he received all 121 first place votes. The last unanimous winner of the award was Blake Griffin back in 2010-11.

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets finished second with 306 points, while Bradley Beal of the Wizards finished third with 94 points. A first place vote is worth five points, a second place vote is worth three points, and a third place vote is worth one point in the NBA’s voting process.

Lillard was as deserving of this honor as any player has been in recent memory. Among rookies, Lillard ranked first in scoring, assists, and minutes played, with averages of 19 points and 6.5 assists in 38.6 minutes per game this season. He also set the rookie mark for three-point field goals made in a season with 185, surpassing the 166 that Stephen Curry made in his 2009-10 season.

The complete results of the Rookie of the Year voting are listed below. Shout out to John Jenkins of the Atlanta Hawks for that one third place vote.

Rookie, Team                                            1st               2nd              3rd               Total

Damian Lillard, Portland                       121             —                 –                 605

Anthony Davis, New Orleans                  —                 96               18               306

Bradley Beal, Washington                        —                 14               52               94

Andre Drummond, Detroit                       —                 5                  21               36

Dion Waiters, Cleveland                           —                 2                  15               21

Harrison Barnes, Golden State               —                 1                  5                  8

Chris Copeland, New York                       —                 2                  2                  8

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte         —                 —                 3                  3

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto                   —                 —                 2                  2

John Jenkins, Atlanta                             —                 —                 1                  1

  1. readysethike - May 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    very well deserved.

    reminds me of a young Chauncey Billups

  2. edwardemanuelson - May 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Absolutely deserved. Torched my Spurs for at least 35 twice this year.

    • zblott - May 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      It happened once.

      • edwardemanuelson - May 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        I’ll take your word for it. Couldn’t stop him either way.

  3. kingbeason52 - May 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    It really was not even close..Davis, Beal, and Waiters played well but were injuried to much..Barnes got hot late..and Copeland really isnt that good..he just plays on a team with some size, so it makes him look better than he is…my boy Kidd-Gilchrist had a pretty below average season..which was expected, he has a horrible shot

  4. rickyspanish - May 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Mr Wright thinks Pablo Prigioni should’ve won it.

  5. lakerluver - May 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Very good season for the young fella and he deserved the award. But I still would take Davis or Drummond over him for the long haul. In two more years they’re both going to be stars. Is Lillard going to get better? Or will he be like Brandon Jennings, who seems to have not gotten much better since his rookie season?

  6. 13arod - May 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    the only other rookie that could have betean him is drummand

  7. tigershark49 - May 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Easy choice for the award. Im surprised some turkey sports writer didnt vote elsewhere just for some pub.

  8. zblott - May 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    He was added to a bad team, and it got worse, their offense got worse, and he was really inefficient for a guard who shoots so much. At least his assist-to-turnover rate was low for a PG and his defense was terrible. Thank god he played so many minutes and could rack up hallow statistics or we’d have to talk about one of the other rookies who earned more Win Shares and Wins Produced on half as many minutes.

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2013/2/10/why-isnt-anyone-talking-about.html

  9. erckle31 - May 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Well deserved and a no-brainer. Got a chance to see him play in person in college when he came to my school and torched us for like 30+.

  10. prosourcetalk - May 1, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Props to Kurt who called this before the season started.

  11. zblott - May 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I remember watching him carry Weber State to the Big Sky Conference tournament championship, the noise he made in the tourney against an overwhelming favorite, and him shooting well against the big conference teams the Wildcats faced and earning the occasional big upset. He really made a big difference for Weber in college.

    • zblott - May 2, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      You people will thumbs up anything, no matter how bogus, if you simply want to believe it’s true.

      Weber State got worse with Lillard (their last year in the NCAA tourney was the year before he showed up, and they went further in the CIT this year without him than last year with him as a senior). They never won the Big Sky tournament with Lillard (very odd for a supposed superstar in a small conference), so he never played in the NCAA tournament, and he always shot terribly against big teams, which is why they never once had an upset win over a decent BCS school.

      There’s a reason he LOOKED good this year yet the Blazers got worse – because it had been happening for the last 4 years to his college team. Do you people know anything before you start thumbs up-ing comments?

      • loungefly74 - May 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        people tend to have/ lean on an “honor system” when posting to legitimate sites…i.e. don’t post “BS” facts/stats. why someone would post fiction about a fact/stat is beyond me. (notice i am not talking about opinions) i see you did this to prove a point…but my point to you is people can/will take your word for it if on a subject (Lillard’s college career, in this case) that is relatively unknown to the common person. maybe a fan of Weber would catch your shenanigans…but how many people are fans of Weber? most people are not going to fact-check on every stat thrown there way. they use the “honor system” especially on stats that they are unfamiliar with…my point is, hardly anyone is going to read your comment…check with a legitimate source to see if it’s true…and then come back to comment. who does that?

        so…did you watch and pay attention to Weber State during his time there and the years before and after? or did you just look at some stats? because there is a BIG DIFFERENCE, my over-analytical-to-the-point-it-loses-its-meaning friend.

      • zblott - May 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        @lounge
        I set the trap because it exposes how little people know about basketball facts that they supposedly agree with. Not one person could have possibly ever seen Lillard do any of those things in college, yet they thumbed up witnessing it. People state blatantly wrong facts on here all the time that others blindly thumb up. How can someone give a thumbs up to something stated as a fact if they have no clue if it’s true or not? Beats me, especially when people will thumbs down facts that are true. This is nothing short of pure stupidity.

  12. biggame28 - May 2, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Jonas would have been higher up had Toronto started using him earlier and wiser. They shouldn’t have even fooled with Andrea Bargnani

  13. glink123 - May 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    “The last unanimous winner was… the year before last year”. lol.

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