The narrative gets pretty boring when it appears there is only one reasonable answer, so I’ll try to enlighten you because this race turned out to be interesting. November wasn't even over and a clear cut leader of the pack had already emerged. Most people predicted the likes of Anthony Davis, Harrison Barnes, or Michael Robinson. However, the kid that would receive the early raves and end up winning this thing was completely under the radar. Before I discuss the winner let me talk about some other newcomers that deserve praise.
The Winner though
Damian Lillard - Thankfully, the game of basketball that we love is played on the hardwood by real people and not by computers. Big Time colleges overlooked the kid from Oakland, so he took his talents to the Big Sky conference and got his shine on in the boondocks. At a mature age of 22 and after playing all four years at Weber State, Damian Lilliard started his professional career NBA ready. The rap sheet on him questioned if he can actually play point guard in this league or if he was just another undersized shooting guard that got fat off of weak competition in a small conference. They no longer needed to ask questions after he ripped the Lakers apart in his professional debut, scoring 23 points and dropping 11 dimes en route to a season opening win. There are different types of point guards in today’s NBA, in my opinion, you can’t even be considered mid tier unless you average at least 6 assists per game. Lillard is already there and will improve as the team around him does. He also leads the league in total minutes played. More importantly, he took over the reins of a team that already has an All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge. These are some pretty impressive accomplishments for a player, even more that it’s a rookie. I salute you Damian Lillard