PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February, it was announced today by the NBA.
Lillard, 22, paced all rookies with 19.8 points, 6.2 assists, 38.7 minutes and 22 3-pointers made to go with 2.9 rebounds and 0.67 steals for the month.
The 6-foot-3 point guard has now earned Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors in all four months of the season, becoming the first player in franchise history to win the award four times.
Against the L.A. Lakers on Feb. 22, Lillard became the first player to record 1,000 points and 300 assists in his first 55 career games since LeBron James (2003-04). He is the first Trail Blazers rookie to score 1,000 points in a season since Arvydas Sabonis (1995-96).
Lillard is the only player in NBA history to score 900-plus points and make 100-plus 3-pointers in his first 50 career games.
Lillard’s month included tallying 18 points, three rebounds and five assists in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend and winning the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night.
The Weber State product holds season averages of 18.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, a team-high 6.4 assists and 0.96 steals in 38.5 minutes. Portland selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Cleveland’s Dion Waiters earned Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors.
Kia, a proud partner of the Portland Trail Blazers, will present Lillard with the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award later this month.