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NBA Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard Poised to Win Rookie of the Year

Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard is just years away from being mentioned with the elite point guards in the NBA. For now, Lillard will have to settle with being mentioned with the best rookie in the league.

The Portland Trail Blazers made a solid pick with their first selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, making sure that the point guard position was set for years to come.

Lillard has the Blazers at 22-22 and battling for the final spot in the Western Conference playoff race, finding themselves just 1.5 games back going into their game Tuesday night. They are one of the most improved teams from last season and are just six wins away from reaching their 2012 total.

Lillard is Portland’s second-leading scorer with 18.3 points a game and their leading passer with 6.5 assists per game. Lillard may be in a two-man race with New Orleans Hornets‘ rookie Anthony Davis, but the point guard looks to be the clear leader.

The 22-year old point guard from Weber State leads all rookies in points and assists and has shown his leadership abilities by bringing this team out of the dark after a poor 2012 season.

He is currently suffering from a hamstring injury that has been bothering him for a few games, but didn’t miss any time.

If Lillard can lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs in his first season in the league, it may be a runaway victory for the Rookie of the Year.

It’s not too often you see such a talented point guard be so successful in his first professional season and look like a veteran in the process.