It has been official: According to HOOPSWORLD, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats have won the NBA Rookies Of the Month for their respective conferences for November.
Both rookies were lottery picks in last June’s draft, with Lillard headed to Rip City, and Kidd-Gilchrist to Charlotte. It hasn’t been a surprise so far what both have done so far this season.
Lillard: “I’m happy that I canget it, but I think all that it says is that I played good for one month,” he said. “My mind has been focused on being consistent for the whole season, so … it’s a big deal to win the award, but it’s not a big deal for the season. I’ll be happy about it and then it’ll be gone. It’s a new month already.”
Lillard is the first Portland Trail Blazer to win the rookie of the month award in franchise history, and he has a bright future with the organization as well.
Damian Lillard averaged 18.4 points and 5.9 assists in 16 games in October and November. -Jamie Francis/The Oregonian
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been impressive as well.
“It’s been going great for me,” Kidd-Gilchrist said before Friday’s game with the Sixers. “I’m learning a lot from the vets; they have embraced me. I’m having fun and I’m living my dream.”
Kidd-Gilchrist is one of just three Charlotte Bobcats to start all 16 games this season, and by all standards, things are going well for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
At age 19, Kidd-Gilchrist is one of the youngest players in the league. Through Wednesday, he was third on the Bobcats in scoring (11.0 points per game) and was racking up a grand total of 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists.