Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard will represent the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2013 NBA Draft lottery on May 21 in Seacaucus, New Jersey. General Manager Neil Olshey will accompany him.
Lillard says the organization asked him if he would do it and he was honored.
“They asked me to go and I was like, 'sure.' It should be fun,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “For me, going to events like that are things I cherish.”
Will Lillard be the Trail Blazers lucky charm? The last time their Rookie of the Year (Brandon Roy) represented them at the lottery, they came away with the 2007 No. 1 overall pick.
Might that be the case six years later?
“I want to come back with a top three pick,” Lillard said. “I don't believe in all that luck stuff and I'm not bringing anything special. I'm just hoping for the best and we'll see where we land.”
Last season shooting guard Wesley Matthews was the team rep.
The Trail Blazers finished the 2012-13 season with a 33-49 record and are slotted to get the No. 10 pick.
The Oregonian reported the news first.