NBA Rookie Stock Watch: Can Anyone Top Damian Lillard in Season's Second Half?

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NBA Rookie Stock Watch: Can Anyone Top Damian Lillard in Season's Second Half?
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It's probably just not going to happen.

It doesn't appear that anyone is within reach of Damian Lillard for the Rookie of the Year race. In a few months, he's established himself not only as a standout first-year player, but as one of the premier young point guards in the NBA.

At this point, Lillard is three-quarters of the way around the track, while everyone else is still making his first turn.

This is certainly no knock on Anthony Davis or Andre Drummond, who have both been exceptional to start their careers. But Lillard has seamlessly hopped over every obstacle thrown his way and has essentially skipped the whole transition and adjustment process that most struggle through.

Without much NBA action over the past week because of All-Star festivities, all of the rankings will remain the same from last week's Stock Watch.

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