New York, NY (Sports Network) - New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland
and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard were named Eastern and Western
Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.
Copeland averaged 15 points per game, good for fourth among all league
rookies. The 6-foot-8 Copeland also registered a career-high 33 points during
an April 17 victory versus Atlanta, en route to helping his team finish the
month with an 8-2 record.
Lillard, a favorite for the NBA's Rookie of the Year honor, received his sixth
consecutive Western Conference Rookie of the Month award. He led all rookies
in scoring (19.0 ppg), assists (6.2 apg), made field goals (61) and made
three-pointers (19) for the month of April.
Lillard also broke the NBA rookie record for three-pointers made in a season
with 185, topping Golden State's Stephen Curry (2009-10), who set the previous
mark with 166. The Weber State product also became just the third rookie in
NBA history to record at least 1,500 points and 500 assists, joining Oscar
Robertson and Allen Iverson.
Detroit's Andre Drummond and New Orleans' Anthony Davis were also nominated
for the award.
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