- Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty ImagesPortland's Damian Lillard is the latest in the long line of stellar point guards to enter the NBA recently.
Damian Lillard in a landslide!
That's how our panel sees it, at least, with Lillard scoring almost twice as many points in our voting as his nearest competition, New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft and the preseason favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
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While other rookies (most notably Davis and Detroit's Andre Drummond) have produced more efficiently than Lillard, Portland's point guard has been a revelation in his first NBA season, averaging 19.1 points and 6.5 assists while playing the most minutes of any rookie. Davis and Drummond, meanwhile, missed significant time due to injuries. Perhaps the only suspense remaining in this race is if Lillard wins the ROY award by a unanimous vote, which has happened only three times in NBA history.
Here is the full voting breakdown by our ESPN Forecast panel.
ESPN Forecast: Who should win the Rookie of the Year award?Voters ranked their top three picks, with a 5-3-1 scoring system
RANK PLAYER POINTS
Portland Trail Blazers | PG | Stats
98 first-place votes
New Orleans Hornets | PF | Stats
Seven first-place votes
Washington Wizards | SG | Stats
One first-place vote
Detroit Pistons | C | Stats
Two first-place votes
Golden State Warriors | SF | Stats
Zero first-place votes
Cleveland Cavaliers | SG | Stats
Zero first-place votes
Also receiving votes: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bobcats (6 points); Jonas Valanciunas (6 points); Maurice Harkless, Magic (3 points); Andrew Nicholson, Magic (1 point); Pablo Prigioni (1 point).
ESPN Forecast: Who will win the NBA Rookie of the Year award?Voters selected one name each
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