Lilliard Top Rookie and Gasol Top Defensive Player

Damian Lillard was the league’s best rookie and Marc Gasol took home top defensive honors.

The NBA honored the best rookie all season and a key member of the best defensive team this season. Marc Gasol took home Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday and Damian Lillard was named Rookie of the Year today. Gasol averaged 8 rebounds and 2 blocks a game on the league’s stingiest defensive team. Gasol had a solid year, but many in the league and media were shocked at the selection over Serge Ibaka and LeBron James. Marc, who was always know as Pau’s little brother, has made a name for himself as a solid defender and a very good center in the NBA. Lillard averaged 19 points, 6.5 assists and 3 rebounds a game in his first year in the Pacific Northwest. He was by far the best rookie all season and was quite the find for Portland out of Weber State. Damian did some impressive things in his rookie campaign, including winning all the Rookie of the Month awards and broke Steph Curry’s rookie record for three pointers.

Gasol was a surprise choice for Defensive Player but was on one of the best defensive teams this season.

Lillard was the best rookie from start to finish and even broke Steph Curry’s three point rookie record.

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