Posted December 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard usually keeps to the rookie script, rarely showing too much excitement on the court or off it. But when he launched the game-winning 3-pointer against New Orleans late last week, he celebrated by high-fiving a random fan seated near the bench. The 22-year-old has emerged as the NBA's early Rookie of the Year favorite, handling his debut season with a veteran's poise but a freshman's humility. Lillard is averaging 18.8 points, best by far among the NBA's first-year players, along with 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a labor-intensive 38 minutes per game. He is the only Blazer to start in all 23 games.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rick’s Picks Week 7: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

Top Blazers It’s no simple task to accurately rank this year’s Portland Trail Blazers‘ squad, and their performances over the last week exemplify this statement. With games against Toronto, San Antonio and New Orleans on tap for Portland, it seemed feasible they’d be able to escape the week with at least two wins. San Antonio possessed (at the time) the best record in the...

Damian Lillard Hits Game Winner for the Portland Trail Blazers (Video)

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers hits a game winner over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.  Video of the shot is below. Check out our Home Page for more stories and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Portland Trail Blazers: Top 5 plays from early 2012-13 season

Which is your favorite? The Portland Trail Blazers have the potential to be one of the most exciting, young basketball teams in the entire NBA. Their roster is full of energetic players, and the athleticism displayed on the floor is the reason they have highlights almost every night whether they win or lose. The Blazers have made plays all year long, but here is a look at the top...

Damian Lillard Nails Game-Winning Three Pointer Against The Hornets

Damian Lillard, the rookie point guard for the Portland Trailblazers, took to the court against Anthony Davis’ eyebrow and the rest of the Hornets on Sunday night. With 4.2 seconds on the clock, Lillard tossed up this shot and won the game for Portland. Start your rookie of the year discussions now. We have time. [NBA Mistress] Article found on: Cosby Sweaters

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Mile high visits Rip City The Portland Trail Blazers will play host to the Denver Nuggets Thursday night, and a win at the Rose Garden would put the team back to .500 for the 2012-13 season. Matchup: Portland (11-12) vs. Denver Nuggets (14-12) Venue: Rose Garden Arena Time: 7:00 PM PT Date: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 Coming off a dramatic win against the New Orleans Hornets, Portland...

Blazers Injury News: LaMarcus Aldridge Sprains Left Ankle

Portland Trail Blazers prized power forward LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a sprained left ankle. The Trail Blazers PR Twitter page tweeted the following about the results of an MRI.LaMarcus Aldridge's MRI results confirm a left ankle sprain. #ripcity— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) December 17, 2012 Aldridge injured his ankle badly on a play during their 95-94 win of the...
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR?

Damian Lillard hits game-winner vs. Hornets

On Sunday night, it was the battle of the possible ROY (Rookie of the Year) as Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers faced off against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets. It’s safe to say Lillard won that battle with the game winning three-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining in the game. Needless to [...]The post Damian Lillard’s Game Winner Versus Hornets appeared...

Video: Damian Lillard sinks Hornets with shot at buzzer

Portland sent the home crowd away happy on Sunday night after rookie Damian Lillard nailed a three-point shot at the buzzer to give the Trail Blazers (10-12) a thrilling 95-94 victory over the visiting New Orleans Hornets (5-17). The Blazers were able to emerge victories despite getting outscored 31-20 by the Hornets in the fourth quarter.The 22-year old guardchipped in a total of...

Is LaMarcus Aldridge A Long-Term Portland Trail Blazer?

A lot of banter in Portland has been over whether LaMarcus Aldridge is a long-term number one option for the Trail Blazers. Before the season, there was little to no talk in this direction. But with the emergence of Damian Lillard as a playmaker and leader, people are starting to overlook Aldridge's presence on this team. I think that I am a little more neutral than a lot...

Nuggets-Trail Blazers Preview

After coming up clutch over the weekend, Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves on the verge of their first four-game winning streak in two seasons. Keeping things going, though, could prove difficult with LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined. Hoping to overcome Aldridge's absence, the Trail Blazers try for an eighth home win in nine matchups against the Denver...

Blazers sting Hornets with Lillard's clutch 3-pointer

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard might be a rookie, but the Portland Trail Blazers don't mind having the ball in his hands with the game on the line. Lillard's 3-point basket with three-tenths of a second remaining gave Portland a 95-94 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night at the Rose Garden. The win came after the Hornets rallied from a 16-point, third...

Nicolas Batum Record First 5×5 Game Since 2006

Outside of the prestigious quadruple-double, another honor for any NBA player to acquire is a 5×5 game, in which I have written in-depth about if you want to feed your brain in that manner, as it requires a player to be aggressive and efficient on both sides of the floor. If you do not understand [...]The post Nicolas Batum Record First 5×5 Game Since 2006 appeared first on The NBA Mistress.

Weekend Recap, Featuring The Portland Trail Blazers

Blazers 95, Pelicans 94 ***The afterthought of the weekend turned into a gem of historical proportions.  While you were watching the officials dole out 38-yard penalties on Sunday Night Football, Nicolas Batum was busy putting together the first 5×5 since 2006.  With his unbelievable line of 11 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 blocks, and 5 steals, Batum becomes one of eight...

Hornets beaten by Lillards last-second 3

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- There was a split-second as his shot arced over a defender's hands that Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard realized his game-winning 3-pointer was going to fall. "I looked. And it looked good," he said. Lillard's 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left helped Portland hand New Orleans its sixth straight loss with a 95-94 victory over the Hornets...

Trail Blazers Add Anderson From Northern Illinois

The 2013 Summer season will see the Adirondack Trail Blazers competing in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The Trail Blazers have signed Eli Anderson of Northern Illinois University. Eli is a 6-0/220 pound RHP from Gleniew, IL. This past season for the Huskies, Eli went 2-2 and had a 6.79 era in 50.1 innings pitched. He walked just 11 batters and he fanned 47 during...
Trail Blazers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.