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Lillard impresses by these metrics

The best rookie point guards in recent vintage? Count in Portland's PG

Updated: January 29, 2013, 12:31 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider
LillardAnthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsBlazers point guard Damian Lillard's WARP rating shows how he keeps Portland afloat in the West.

A double-double in his NBA debut. A game-winning shot to beat the New Orleans Hornets. A dagger at Madison Square Garden to put away the New York Knicks. A career-high 37 points in his first trip back to his native Oakland. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, the favorite to be the NBA's Rookie of the Year, already has packed a good year's worth of highlights into his first three months in the league. Lillard has played well enough to force himself into a larger discussion, one that also includes several of his contemporaries, such as first-time All-Star Kyrie Irving and All-Star snub Stephen Curry:


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