In the most anticlimactic and obvious outcome of the 2013 NBA awards season, Damian Lillard on Wednesday was named the league’s Rookie of the Year. His selection was so irrefutable, Lillard did something only three others before him have done: He won the award unanimously. On the heels of a remarkably consistent and sometimes dominant season, the Trail Blazers’ point guard earned all 121 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to beat out New Orleans big man Anthony Davis and Washington guard Bradley Beal in a landslide. Lillard became the fourth unanimous Rookie of the Year selection in NBA history, joining the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (2010-11), San Antonio’s David Robinson (1989-90) and Houston’s Ralph Sampson (1983-84). Whether Lillard would win unanimously was perhaps the only suspense surrounding an award that Lillard had all-but wrapped up months ago during an overwhelmingly successful rookie season in which his play drew comparisons to some of the game’s best. Lillard’s dominance started from Day One — on Halloween in the Blazers’ season opener at the Rose Garden — as he led the Blazers to a surprising 116-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first NBA game, Lillard finished with 23 points and 11 assists, joining Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas as the only players in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 10 assists in their debuts.
Damian Lillard wins NBA Rookie of the Year in unanimous fashion
Oregonian | May 2