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Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Ty Lawson, Kemba Walker and John Wall are expected to be invited to USA Basketball minicamp, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Mike Conley and George Hill are also expected to be invited to join. The massive amount of point guard invites is really just a testament to how deep point guard is in the NBA these days. None of these seven guards were named to any of the three All-NBA Teams and most of them will be targets in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts. The USA Basketball minicamp is expected to start in late July.
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The Trail Blazers are expected to shop the No. 10 overall pick, according to CSNNW.com
The Blazers need "immediate help" for Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, so we wouldn't be surprised if a deal went down. Still, GM Neil Olshey won't simply trade the pick just to make a move, so it's far too early to say with certainty what the team might do.
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Damien Lillard was the All-Rookie team's lone unanimous selection.
Lillard led all rookies in points (19.0), assists (6.5), 3-pointer made (2.3) and minutes (38.6). He's joined on the All-Rookie team by Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Dion Waiters and Harrison Barnes. The second team consisted of Andre Drummond, Jonas Valanciunas, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kyle Singler and Tyler Zeller. Note that the All-Rookie teams are voted on by the league's coaches, so they carry more weight than the awards voted on by the media.
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Damian Lillard said he wants to use the offseason to "bring my percentages up as a shooter, tighten up my handle, be a better ball-handler" and watch film to learn from his mistakes.
Fresh off of winning the Rookie of the Year Award, Lillard is not satisfied. Lillard averaged three turnovers and shot 42.9 percent from the field, so he could improve in both of those areas. The Weber State product shot 36.8 percent from behind the 3-point line and 84.4 percent from the charity stripe, so any improvement in those two areas would only make him more dangerous.
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Damian Lillard was announced as the unanimous selection for the Rookie of the Year on Wednesday.
Lillard received all 121 first-place votes to become the fourth Blazer in team history to win the award and only fourth unanimous selection in NBA history. Lillard entered the season far behind presumed favorite and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, but Lillard's stunning rookie campaign made him impossible to ignore. Lillard led the league in total minutes while averaging 19 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game to go along with a rookie record 185 made 3-pointers. Yeah, the kid is good.
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Damian Lillard will be named Rookie of the Year during a press conference on Wednesday.
The Trail Blazers have scheduled a "major announcement," but the team has made it clear that it will be Lillard winning his award. It will be interesting to see a breakdown of the voting, and Lillard will become the fourth player in Blazers team history to win the award. He finished the season with averages of 19 points, 6.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and made 185 3-pointers, the most by a rookie in NBA history. He also led the league in total minutes with 3,167. The kid is going to be special.
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Damian Lillard finished his once-in-a-generation rookie season on Wednesday with 21 points, one board, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-13 shooting.
He's the first rookie to lead the NBA in minutes since Elvin Hayes in 1969, had the most 3-pointers ever for a rookie and became the second player in franchise history with 1,500 points and 500 assists. Lillard is a fantasy machine and savvy fantasy owners will have to take him in the second round next year to acquire his services.