Online sports betting fans have a new NBA Rookie of the Year in Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard.
The 22 year-old layers was the sixth overall pick in last June’s draft out of Weber State, and led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average.
Lillard also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, playing in all 82 games this basketball season.
The native of Oaklanf broke Stephen Curry’s rookie record for 3-pointers in a season, finishing with 185, and became just the third NBA rookie with at least 1,500 points and 500 assists, after Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson.
In addition, Portland’s point guard swept all six of the NBA’s Rookie of the Month awards this season.
The Webber State player is the fourth player in league history to win the Rookie of the Year unanimously, joining Blake Griffin in 2011, David Robinson in 1990 and Ralph Sampson in 1984.
At the ceremony to announce the award at the Rose Garden Arena, Lillard talked about his upbringing in Oakland and how it shaped him as a hard-working player.
The star player was disappointed when he broke his foot to start his junior season with the Wildcats, because he had hopes of jumping to the big league.
Lillard came back the next season to earn All-American honors. The 6 ft 3 in player was voted the Big Sky’s Most Valuable Player.