Who deserves top rookie honors?

Damian Lillard has soared in Portland this season, earning him Rookie of the Year honors in this space. Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images

This has been a relatively unique season for the rookie class, which will likely feature a Rookie of the Year winner who didn't play as effectively as two other classmates. That's because injuries played a huge part this season and will affect the award selection process.

The balance between who played better and who played more is always tricky, as are the varying degrees of difficulty relating to the players' positions. No position is tougher than point guard, for rookies anyway, and in that light we move ahead with our first- and second-team selections, starting with my pick for Rookie of the Year.