Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/14/13
Will NBA hardware return to Portland? It’s been a long time since someone in Portland brought home some NBA hardware. In fact, the last to do such a thing was Brandon Roy in 2007 with the rookie of the year award. While the 2012-13 season hasn’t been the best in Portland history, there’s plenty of standouts on this year’s team. Damian Lillard has put up ridiculous numbers for a rookie, and LaMarcus Aldridge is up to his usual dominance. Here’s a rundown of Portland’s chances for the top NBA awards. Damian Lillard – Rookie of the Year, 80 percent While Anthony Davis was the early season favorite, injuries have been an issue and kept him on the court for just 35 starts this season. At this point in the season, Damian Lillard has emerged as the obvious favorite for rookie of the year. The young point guards leads all NBA rookies in minutes (38.5), points (18.4) and assists (6.5) per game. He’s also averaging 1.0 steals and 3.3 rebounds per game. His solid 16.05 PER ranks sixth amongs...
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