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Stein: Blazers G Damian Lillard Should Be Unanimous Rookie Of The Year

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One national writer believes Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard should be the unanimous 2013 Rookie of the Year.

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Marc Stein of ESPN.com writes that Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard should be the unanimous 2013 Rookie of the Year.

He's a few days away from becoming just the fourth rookie in history to reach the finish line averaging better than 19 points and six assists, following in the footsteps of Allen Iverson (1996-97), Damon Stoudamire (1995-96) and a certain Oscar Robertson (1960-61).

He's also logged an eye-popping 3,012 minutes through 78 games, which is my favorite Damian Lillard stat.

Throw in all the injury torment endured by Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Bradley Beal and Dion Waiters -- who generally rank as the most eye-catching rookies not based in Portland -- and you can see why Lillard looks poised to be named just the third unanimous Rookie of the Year selection in league history.

Ralph Sampson in 1984, David Robinson in 1990 and Blake Griffin in 2011 are the only previous ROYs to win unanimously. Chris Paul fell one vote shy in 2006. If Lillard doesn't join them, after the six months he (and his competition) just had, somebody seriously mis-voted.

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