Spears: Could Blazers G Damian Lillard Earn All-Star Berth As Rookie?

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Could Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard earn an All-Star nomination?

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports writes that Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard is worthy of some All-Star buzz.

No guard, in fact, has been selected to play in the annual All-Star Game since Michael Jordan 28 years ago.

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"That says everything when Michael Jordan was the last guard to do it," said Lillard, who was born in 1990.

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"Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul - I think they are all definite All-Stars," Lillard said. "It will be tough for me being a rookie and those guys putting in so much more time than I have."

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"The league is about seniority sometimes," Lillard said, "and they've all done what I am doing now."

Lillard would need some help via injuries if he is going to make it. Paul, Westbrook, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Curry are all above him on the point guard pecking order with Kobe Bryant and James Harden also above him among Western Conference backcourt players.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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