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Rookie Watch: Midseason awards

Updated: January 25, 2013, 9:21 PM ET
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Damian LillardSam Forencich/Getty ImagesPortland's Damian Lillard is deserving of some hardware at the halfway point of his rookie season.

Armed with a full set of summer league games, training camp and preseason games, this season's class of rookies had a huge head start over what last season's rooks had to contend with. But last season's class featured some very special players, including a couple of guys who had huge impacts on the league. (Check out last year's midseason awards here.)

This season, the effect has been less dramatic. But with half a season left to develop, there are a number of players in this class who have shown enough thus far to get us excited about their futures. Let's hand out some first-half awards:

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