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Figure it out, detectives — Damian Lillard is this season’s Rookie of the Year. And to that we say, “Duh.”
While a case certainly could be made for Anthony Davis, the fact of the matter is that Lillard led all rookies in scoring with 19.0 points per game, and that’s usually enough to win this award. In fact, if you include Lillard’s win, the leading rookie scorers from each of the past four seasons has taken home ROY. And if you throw out Derrick Rose winning the trophy over 2008-09′s leading rookie scorer, OJ Mayo, you have to go back to 2003-04 — when Carmelo Anthony outscored LeBron James by 0.1 ppg while losing out on ROY to James — for the next-most recent example of the exception proving the rule. Throw in the fact that Lillard led the entire league in total minutes played while starting every single game at point guard for an almost-playoff team in the Western Conference, and like I said, duh. (Also, Lillard won every single Western Conference Rookie of the Month this season, so again, duh.)
Luckily for Damian, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year trophy is just a piece of glass on a little wooden stand, and not anything that could be mistaken for a tiny historic statue. Things could have gotten pretty awkward at that ceremony.