New York, NY (Sports Network) - Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard
received his fifth consecutive Western Conference Rookie of the Month award,
while Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas earned the honor in the Eastern
Conference for March.
Lillard topped all rookies in scoring (21.3 ppg), assists (6.8 apg) and 3-
pointers made (42) for March, while becoming only the fourth first-year player
in NBA history to tally 1,390 points and 475 assists in a single month.
Valanciunas averaged 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while shooting
62 percent from the field in March. The 6-foot-11 Lithuanian led all rookies
in the East in rebounding for month while reaching double-figures in points in
11 of his final 12 games.
New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Orlando' Maurice Harkless were also nominated
for the award.
The Sports Network