Rookie of the Year: Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is one of the NBA’s fastest rising stars. Averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and shooting 42.6% FG, 36.6% 3P, and 84% FT, Lillard is a prolific scorer and effective distributor. (If you have never seen him play before be sure to watch the video below.)
Coming into the season all eyes were on Anthony Davis. First pick in the 2012 draft, NCAA champion as a freshman at Kentucky, olympic gold medalist, and proud owner of one of fiercest unibrows in sports the attention was well deserved.
As a four starter at Weber State, Lillard flew relatively under the radar. In his senior year, he averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, while shooting 46.7% FG, 40.9% 3P, and 88.7% FT.
While his shooting percentages have been lower in the NBA than in college, his passing has improved: 2.10 assists/turnover versus 1.73.