Damian Lillard the Fourth Unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year

As expected, Damian Lillard was named the League’s Rookie of the Year. He becomes just the fourth rook to win the award unanimously (the others being Blake Griffin in 2011, David Robinson in 1990 and Ralph Sampson in 1984.) Per the press release and The Columbian: “Lillard was a unanimous selection, having totaled 605 points as he received all 121 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. […] The New Orleans Hornets’ Anthony Davis finished second with 306 points and the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal finished third with 94 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. […] On Wednesday afternoon, Damian Lillard looked resplendent in a gray three-piece suit, sitting atop a stage inside the Rose Garden. His Portland Trail Blazers head coach on his left and to his right, the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy. ‘I can’t stop smiling,’ Lillard mumbled to himself. […] Last April on a Tuesday afternoon, Lillard wore a gray polo shirt and sat at a table inside the Dee Events Center. His Weber State head coach next to him, a purple teddy bear seated on the floor. Lillard was declaring his eligibility for the upcoming NBA draft and a reporter asked about his goals. ‘Uh, well, I want to be Rookie of the Year,’ Lillard responded without hesitation. ‘Some people might say I’m crazy, but that’s just something that I set out for myself. I don’t just want to get there because a lot of people do that and they just fade away after two to three years, maybe. But I want to be Rookie of the Year and I want to be there at All-Star weekend one day. And that’s just what I set out for myself. I want to do it.'”