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Mayo first Grizzlies player to win honor twice since Pau Gasol
Memphis, April 17, 2008 — For the second time this season, Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo was named the NBA’s T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month (April, October/November), the NBA announced today.
The 6-4, 210-pound guard averaged 20.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 40.7 minutes in nine games during April, guiding Memphis to its first winning month (5-4) since April 2006.
Mayo, who is the first Grizzlies player to be named Rookie of the Month twice since Pau Gasol in 2001-02, set franchise rookie records in total points (1,516), total minutes (3,120), field goals made (562) and attempted (1,283) and three-point field goal percentage (.384) in his first NBA season. He also eclipsed the overall franchise single-season record for free throw percentage (.879).
The third overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Mayo led all rookies this season in scoring (18.5 points per game) and minutes (team-high 38.0), becoming the first rookie since Tim Duncan in 1997-98 to play in all 82 games while averaging over 38 minutes per game.
The USC product also ranked in the Top 10 among rookies in six other major categories, including assists (3.2, 5th), steals (1.11, 3rd), field goal percentage (.438, 8th), three-point field goals made (145, 2nd), three-point field goal percentage (6th) and free throw percentage (3rd).