It is no surprise that Damian Lillard has taken down the Rookie Of The Year award. Portland Trail Blazers‘ sixth pick of the 2012 draft surpassed all expectations and outshined all other rookies this year. He averaged 19 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. He also became just the third rookie to score 1,500 points and dish out 500 assists in his first year, joining Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson.
Naturally, a lot of NBA people took their time to congratulate the young point guard through Twitter:
Congrats on ROY @Dame_Lillard ! Well deserved, keep grindin' !!
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 1, 2013
— Chris Manning 2K14 (@LD2k) May 1, 2013
Damian Lillard has set the bar for LeBron in the MVP vote, receiving all 121 votes for Rookie of the Year.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) May 1, 2013
THIS JUST IN: Damian Lillard has been named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. The Blazer's PG averaged 19 PPG and 6.5 APG this season.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 1, 2013
It's official. Former Weber State star @Dame_Lillard has been unanimously chosen as the NBA Rookie of the Year. Congratulations, Damian!
— Weber State Univ. (@WeberStateU) May 1, 2013
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been unanimously named the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. #RipCity
— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) May 1, 2013
— Hoopmixtape.com (@Hoopmixtape) May 1, 2013
Damian Lillard unanimously voted as Rookie of the Year. Amazing. A year ago half those voters had never seen him play.
— NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) May 1, 2013
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) May 1, 2013
When I first met @Dame_Lillard, he was at Weber State and just hoping to get drafted. Now, he's the unanimous R.O.Y. Hard work pays off!
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 1, 2013