Blazers' Lillard named Rookie of Month

Blazers' Lillard named Rookie of Month

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots over Steve Novak #16 and J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks on January 1, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by KGW Sports

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Posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December, the NBA announced Wednesday.

Lillard, 22, led all rookies in scoring (18.2 ppg), assists (6.9 apg) and 3-pointers made (28) while helping lead Portland to a 9-4 record in December. His scoring average ranked 23rd in the NBA, and he placed 11th among league leaders in assists.

The 6-foot-3 point guard has now earned back-to-back Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors. He joins Brandon Roy (January, February and March 2007) as the only Trail Blazers in franchise history to win the award multiple times.

On Dec. 26, Lillard became the third-fastest Trail Blazer to reach 500 points in team history (27 games), trailing only Sidney Wicks (21 games) and Geoff Petrie (25 games).

Lillard is the only Trail Blazer to appear in every game so far this season. Portland selected Lillard with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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