Injuries are affecting some players who might have otherwise gotten some Rookie-of-the-Year consideration, and this week the world will again get to see the top two participate in All-Star weekend activities.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis will be part of the rookie-sophomore game on Friday night in Houston, and while it's merely an exhibition, how both play could sway voters down the road.
Boston rookie Jared Sullinger is out for the rest of the season with back surgery, while Detroit's Andre Drummond could miss a month with a broken tailbone. Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is still out with a concussion.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is still at the top of the MVP chase, and those chasing him get a different face in the No. 3 spot, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.
Tracking the race for Rookie of the Year:
1. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard had a nice game against Utah, which wasn't far from where he played college ball at Weber State.
2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets. Davis hasn't made up any ground in trying to chase down Lillard. He needs to make a post-All-Star break move.
Injuries whittling challengers in NBA Rookie of the Year race; New Orleans' Anthony Davis needs to make a move
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 11