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Anthony Davis is ROY (Insider)

Summary: Ethan Sherwood Strauss says that, while Damian Lillard has played significantly more minutes than Anthony Davis, Davis surpasses Lillard in PER (21.8 to 16.6) and Win Shares. AD has also contributed in Estimated Wins Added. While most acknowledge that Davis is the superior defensive player, Strauss argues that Davis is also the superior offensive player (or at least has had a greater impact on the New Orlean's offense). "Lillard certainly does have fine points to his game, and a little more polish than Davis, and the goal of this isn't to suggest otherwise. Lillard has an incredible step-back jumper and one of the cleaner 3-point strokes we've seen from a rookie. He's not a great passer, but with his shooting, he won't need to be. Lillard is good, even better than expected after being a co-favorite for rookie of the year in the preseason. He's just not at Davis' overall level right now. Showing up certainly matters, and a full season should win out over a glorious fragment. But Davis has played more than 60 games this season, and 60 games is no fragment. Furthermore, his total contributions and his per-minute contributions both outpace Lillard's. When you gather all the evidence, Davis wins -- he is the clear rookie of the year."

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