Berger: Blazers G Damian Lillard Is Rookie Of The Year Pick

Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

One national writer selects Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as his 2013 Rookie of the Year pick.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com picks Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as his 2012-13 Rookie of the Year.

I wish I had had the gumption to take Lillard over Anthony Davis as my preseason ROY selection, but I have no qualms about anointing him now. Nobody should. Toiling away in a lost season in Portland, Lillard produced eye-popping stats and poise well beyond his years.

In the rest of the injury-riddled field, I gave the Pistons' Andre Drummond the nod over Davis. In a comparable number of games, Drummond produced a higher true-shooting percentage (accounting for 2-pointers and 3-pointers), a higher defensive-rebounding rate and a virtually identical player-efficiency rating, according to Hoopdata.com. Plus, his 5.5 combined steals, blocks and charges drawn per 40 minutes were second only to Milwaukee's Larry Sanders among players appearing in 40 or more games.

My ballot: 1. Lillard; 2. Drummond; 3. Davis

Zach Lowe of Grantland (here), Marc Stein of ESPN.com (here) and David Aldridge of NBA.com (here) also selected Lillard.

I selected Lillard in an SI.com post here.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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