Trail Blazers Press Release

Damian Lillard Named To Kia All-Rookie First Team

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    Reigning Rookie of the Year is lone unanimous choice

    PORTLAND, Ore. (May 14, 2013) – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named to the Kia NBA All-Rookie First Team by a vote of NBA head coaches, it was announced today by the league.

    The unanimous 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Lillard was the lone player chosen to the All-Rookie First Team by a unanimous vote of the league’s head coaches (58 points, 29 First Team votes).

    He led NBA rookies with 19.0 points and a team-high 6.5 assists to go with 3.1 rebounds and 38.6 minutes in all 82 games. Portland selected Lillard with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Weber State.

    The 6-foot-3 guard joined Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson as the only three rookies in NBA history to record at least 1,500 points and 500 assists.

    Lillard broke Stephen Curry’s NBA rookie record for 3-pointers made in a season, finishing with 185 3-pointers on the year. He continued his historic rookie season by becoming the first rookie to lead the NBA in total minutes played (3,167) in a season since Elvin Hayes in 1968-69.

    Lillard, 22, is the 14th player in franchise history to garner All-Rookie honors, and the first to be named to the First Team since LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy in 2006-07.

    Harrison Barnes (Golden State), Bradley Beal (Washington), Anthony Davis (New Orleans) and Dion Waiters (Cleveland) round out the First Team.

    The Second Team includes Andre Drummond (Detroit), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte), Kyle Singler (Detroit), Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto) and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland).

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