Tomorrow at 4:00pm Pacific Standard Time, the Rose Garden will play host to an NBA announcement regarding the Portland Trail Blazers. Rookie of the Year is traditionally announced on the Wednesday of the last week of April or the first week of May. After Damian Lillard’s phenomenal rookie season, it’s not hard to put the pieces together.
On May 1st 2013, Damian Lillard will officially be named NBA Rookie of the Year. The only question remaining is, “will the voting be unanimous?” If it is, Damian will be just the 4th player ever to unanimously receive the award; joining David Robinson, Ralph Sampson, and Blake Griffin. At this point, I don’t see any players that will stand in his way.
His biggest competition, Anthony Davis, was frequently sidelined with nagging injuries, and eventually shut down for the end of the regular season by the New Orleans Hornets. So who’s next in line? Dion Waiters? Bradley Beal? Neither of them held a dim, flickering, candle to Damian Lillard this season. Unless some misguided soul tosses The Brow a sympathy vote, the Blazers’ point guard could make a little extra history.
General Manager, Neil Olshey, and Head Coach, Terry Stotts, will accompany Damian when he receives the honor. In Portland history, only 3 players have ever been named Rookie of the Year: Geoff Petrie (1970-1971), Sidney Wicks (1971), and our fallen hero, Brandon Roy (2006-2007). Even though a garden mole with questionable internet service could see this coming, it’s still a very big deal for Portland.