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Dark Horse NBA Rookie of the Year Contenders Who Can Knock off Damian Lillard

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Dark Horse NBA Rookie of the Year Contenders Who Can Knock off Damian Lillard
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At this point, it's clear that Damian Lillard is the NBA Rookie of the Year. However, if certain chips fall into place, other players could give him a run for his money.

For all we know, Anthony Davis (pictured) could get back into early season form and defend his way to the trophy. In doing so, he would send shockwaves throughout the NBA world.

The fact is that being named Rookie of the Year is more than just a mere honor. It recognizes one first-year player as the man who played amazingly in his first professional season and carries a subtle message of, "Your career is going to be long and prosperous."

Seeing as how greats like David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal and His Airness himself have taken home the trophy, it's safe to say that the battle for the award could heat up after the All-Star Break.

If a few players get hot at the right time, Lillard may find himself looking over his shoulder as the season winds down.

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