Damian Lillard is November's Western Conference Rookie of the Month. Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard Western Conference Rookie Of The Month

Damian Lillard has passed his first major milestone on his quest for Rookie of the Year. Wednesday he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month.

Here is the official release from the team:

Trail Blazers guard is third player in franchise history to win award

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 5th) – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of November, it was announced today by the NBA.

Lillard, 22, led all rookies in scoring (18.4 ppg), assists (5.9 apg) and steals (1.38 spg) in 16 games played in October and November. His scoring average tied for 16th in the NBA, and his 39 3-pointers ranked sixth among league leaders.

He joins Arvydas Sabonis (April 1996) and Brandon Roy (January, February and March 2007) as Trail Blazers who have garnered the honor.

Lillard became the first NBA player to record at least 295 points and 94 assists in his first 16 NBA games since Allen Iverson in 1996.

With 20 points and nine assists at Houston on Nov. 3, Lillard joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with at least 20 points and seven assists in each of their first three career games.

The Trail Blazers selected Lillard with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Weber State product is posting averages of 19.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.33 steals in 18 games (all starts).

Lillard has clearly established himself as the top newcomer in the league. He has set the standard pretty high for himself, so there is a chance his second full month won’t line-up favorably with his first. However, if his first three games of December are any indication any kind of slow-down is unlikely. Through three gamesthis month, Dame is averaging 23.7 points, 8.7 assists, four rebounds, and almost one steal per game.

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