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Halprin: Lottery Teams Will "Regret Passing" On Damian Lillard?

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Last week, we posted a bunch of 2012 Las Vegas Summer League coverage, most of which was gushing over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, the No. 6 pick in June's NBA Draft. Here's a late addition. Rodney Halprin of NBADraft.net offers this assessment of Lillard's Summer League. ----------------------------- Lillard was our MVP of the week, and he shared the official award with Josh Selby. He was sensational in Vegas and it became apparent early in the week that the Blazer fans were quite pleased with their selection. Lillard showed poise beyond his years, running the pick and roll nicely in his 4 games. While his shooting numbers were good, there is still room for improvement and he has the capacity to become one of the better scoring point guards in the league. His third quarter against New Orleans was hands down the most impressive performance of this summer league. Down 17 at halftime, Lillard spearheaded a Portland comeback to take a 1 point lead after three and continued making plays in the 4th quarter to close out the game. He also had the best dunk of the SL posterizing Keith Benson. If they aren't already, the teams drafting 2-5 may all come to regret passing on Lillard. ----------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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