Tim Frazier Wins NBA D-League MVP And Rookie Of The Year Awards
Tim Frazier’s stellar 2014-15 season resulted in some well-deserved hardware Tuesday afternoon. The first-year pro earned the NBA D-League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year honors after scorching the court in all aspects of the game.
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All season long, Frazier has displayed superior and vast talent rarely found in point guards of his stature. In 41 games of action for the Maine Red Claws, Frazier averaged 16.1 points, 9.5 assists, and 7.1 rebounds per game. Frazier’s statistics matched up well against the rest of the stout D-League competition.
He ranked No. 30 in rebounding, putting himself ahead of some much larger forwards. For comparison, Frazier ranked 11 spots higher than former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet, who averaged 6.2 rebounds per game despite measuring in at 7-foot-3; Frazier is only 6-foot-1. His assist average ranked second only to former UCLA standout Larry Drew, who finished with 9.6 to Frazier’s 9.5.
Frazier’s story includes a full recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and the diminutive point guard was overlooked despite coming out of Penn State as the school’s all-time leader in assists. Frazier looks to add one final piece of hardware to his growing collection in June: the elusive Larry O’Brien trophy, awarded to the NBA Champions. Serving as Damian Lillard’s backup, he’ll do everything in his power to assist the Portland Trailblazers in the team’s quest for Finals glory.
It’s been a season to remember for the former undrafted free agent, proving that regardless of circumstance, great heights are attainable if the opportunity presents itself.
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