Despite seeing its former players go first and second in last summer’s NBA Draft, it appears the University of Kentucky will not get its paws on the 2012-13 NBA Kia Rookie of the Year award.
Portland’s Damian Lillard is expected to take home the Eddie Gottlieb trophy when its winner is announced by the NBA later today. Lillard, the No. 6 pick in the 2012 draft, is only the fourth rookie in the history of the league to average 19 points and six assists per game. He played in all 82 games for the Trailblazers this season.
Anthony Davis will likely finish as runner-up to Lillard and would’ve had a bigger presence in the discussion if he had been healthy. Davis missed 22-percent of his rookie campaign in New Orleans, 18 games, due to a variety injuries. He finished the season with averages of 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.
Lillard is the clear cut winner, however, and was the league’s best newcomer since Day 1. He’s very deserving of the award and has a very bright future ahead.
A.D. can’t win everything, I guess.