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D. Aldridge: Blazers G Damian Lillard "Easy Pick" For Rookie Of The Year

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One national writer sees Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as an "easy pick" for 2013 Rookie of the Year.

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David Aldridge of NBA.com writes that Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is an "easy pick" for 2013 Rookie of the Year over New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

An easy pick, with Portland's rookie lapping in the field in points and assists per game. The Blazers never wavered that the Weber State guard would come in and immediately solidify them at the game's most important position. They were right. After a few weeks of adjustments, Lillard became a handful at the offensive end, with a proclivity for taking over late in games.

Davis came on the second half of the season and actually produced more win shares than Lillard, but dealt with a number of injuries that limited his playing time. He's going to be a really good one.

Beal displayed the shooting range and shot-making ability the Wizards had hoped for, but couldn't stay healthy.

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