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Lillard ready to join the elite?

Adande and Israel discuss which players could possibly be ready to join the MVP elite club. Lillard's name gets brought up. Adande: "Here in the West, Kevin Durant was the player of the month despite Portland's surprising start. And even if the Trail Blazers can maintain this winning percentage, it might be tough to campaign for Lillard for MVP because the Blazers are less Lillard-dependent than last season. They've got Mo Williams to relieve him (not to mention Robin Lopez helping out LaMarcus Aldridge in the frontcourt). Lillard is better than he was as a rookie, he just isn't as singularly responsible for Portland's success. That's good for the Trail Blazers, bad for his MVP chances." Israel: "Well, let's be honest. Lillard isn't close to joining this conversation. If the Blazers remain near the top of the West for the entire season, and Lillard significantly improves his shooting percentage (.396), then he can hop in the conversation. But for all we know, he could have a Damon Stoudamire-type of career. " (ouch) Personally, while Lillard is the driver of the car. Meaning the car (the blazers) could never get going without him. The engine is Lamarcus, who really should be in the MVP talk. As the blazers make a point of getting him involved off of the very first possession. He is the engine of the car, the guy that gets everyone else to click and grind with the gears according. Without Damian, the engine and car cannot start. However, without Lamarcus, this car isn't going anywhere. I ask you, What's better; A car that can start but isn't going to take you anywhere? Or an engine that is reliable and can take you anywhere, as long as you have someone to drive the car. Perhaps this is real beauty behind the Damian/LMA duo. Both players need one another in order to maximize their star like qualities they bring to the court night in and night out.

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