Aug 23

Damian Lillard All Over NBA Rookie Survey

By caseyholdahl Posted in: damianlillard, meyersleonard, willbarton

Every year at the NBA Rookies Transitions Program, the league asks the incoming rookies to answer questions like "Which rookie is the most athletic?" and "Which rookie is the funniest?" and so forth. Basically first day of school kind of stuff.

The results are always an interesting read, and even more so when our rookies make the list, as Damian Lillard does numerous times. Meyers Leonard and Will Barton get in there too, but Lillard gets the majority of the love among Trail Blazers rookies.

Let's overview all of the mentions of our rookies. Here goes.
Who will be the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year?

Anthony Davis was the runaway favorite to be the Rookie of the Year and have the best career.

1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans -- 47.1 percent

2. Damian Lillard, Portland -- 17.6 percent

T-3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte & Thomas Robinson, Sacramento -- 11.8 percent

5. Dion Waiters, Cleveland -- 5.9 percent

Others receiving votes: Will Barton, Portland; Bradley Beal, Washington
As Dustin laid out yesterday, Lillard does have a shot of winning Rookie of the Year. He's not the favorite, but it is increasingly a guard-lead league.

As far as Will Barton goes, if he's in any position to win ROY, he becomes possibly the greatest second round pick of all time.
Which rookie will have the best career?

1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans -- 40.6 percent

2. Harrison Barnes, Golden State -- 12.5 percent

3. Damian Lillard, Portland -- 9.4 percent

T-4. Thomas Robinson, Sacramento & Dion Waiters, Cleveland -- 6.3 percent

Others receiving votes: Bradley Beal, Washington; Kim English, Detroit; Bernard James, Dallas; Perry Jones, Oklahoma City; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte; Kendall Marshall, Phoenix; Fab Melo, Boston; Austin Rivers, New Orleans
Interesting that while Harrison Barnes got no votes for ROY, his fellow rookies still think he'll have one of the best careers in the class.
Which rookie is the most athletic?

T-1. Quincy Acy, Toronto & Perry Jones, Oklahoma City -- 17.6 percent

3. Terrence Ross, Toronto -- 14.7 percent

T-4. Jared Cunningham, Dallas & Andre Drummond, Detroit -- 11.8 percent

T-6. Meyers Leonard, Portland & Damian Lillard, Portland -- 5.9 percent

Others receiving votes: Maurice Harkless, Orlando; Darius Johnson-Odom, L.A. Lakers; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte; Miles Plumlee, Indiana; Thomas Robinson, Sacramento
Meyers and Damian tied for sixth. Again, very good news. I don't know that I'd necessarily trust rookies to predict who will perform best throughout an entire career, but they sure as heck know who's athletic.
Which rookie is the best shooter?

1. John Jenkins, Atlanta -- 48.6 percent

2. Bradley Beal, Washington -- 16.2 percent

3. Jeremy Lamb, Houston -- 10.8 percent

4. Kim English, Detroit -- 8.1 percent

T-5. Damian Lillard, Portland & Terrence Ross, Toronto -- 5.4 percent

Others receiving votes: Evan Fournier, Denver; Kyle Singler, Detroit
Lillard's ability to hit shots is one of the main reasons the Trail Blazers drafted him with the No. 6 pick. Personally, I think Terrence Ross ends up being the best shooter of the 2012 draft class.
Which rookie is the best playmaker?

1. Kendall Marshall, Phoenix -- 45.7 percent

2. Damian Lillard, Portland -- 14.3 percent

T-3. Dion Waiters, Cleveland, Royce White, Houston -- 8.6 percent

5. Bradley Beal, Washington -- 5.7 percent

Others receiving votes: Jared Cunningham, Dallas; Scott Machado; Austin Rivers, New Orleans; Thomas Robinson, Sacramento; Marquis Teague, Chicago; Tony Wroten, Memphis
Marshall may be the better playmaker, but he's not the total package point guard that many think Lillard can and will be.
Which rookie is the funniest?

1. Fab Melo, Boston -- 22.9 percent

2. Kyle O'Quinn, Orlando -- 20.0 percent

3. Will Barton, Portland -- 11.4 percent

4. Jared Sullinger, Boston -- 8.6 percent

T-5. Bradley Beal, Washington, Draymond Green, Golden State & Tony Wroten, Memphis -- 5.7 percent

Others receiving votes: Jae Crowder, Dallas; Terrence Jones, Houston; Jeremy Lamb, Houston; Quincy Miller, Denver; Tyshawn Taylor, Brooklyn; Marquis Teague, Chicago; Dion Waiters, Cleveland
No surprise that Barton made the list. He's an outgoing guy. Kind of figured Meyers would make this list, though he might be perceived as more weird than funny.


  1. Hey Casey nice update, doesn't Lillard have a since of humor?
    Hey we need your subsribe to comment fixed, it is driving me crazy.
    Thanks for the blog

    by Hg on 8/23/2012 11:11 AM
  2. Hmm. I'll look into that HG

    by caseyholdahl on 8/23/2012 11:15 AM
  3. Okay, who gave Will the R.O.Y. vote?

    by DHawes22 on 8/23/2012 12:35 PM
  4. It was Lillard, Rookies are not allowed to vote for themselves and Lillard would not vote for Anthony Davis.

    by Hg on 8/24/2012 5:44 AM
  5. Barton probably got a vote from Baltimore! I'm not a fan of handing out awards before the season has tipped off though. I hope all of our rookies turn out to be NBA ready from the first game though.

    by riverman on 8/24/2012 11:36 AM
  6. Could have gotten the vote from somewhere else. As read later that teammates can't vote for anybody on their team.

    by Hg on 8/26/2012 10:31 AM
  7. Lillard for ROY

    by Hg on 8/26/2012 5:24 PM
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