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Haynes: Blazers G Damian Lillard Declares "I Think I Can Be An MVP"

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Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard has set a high individual goal for himself: the NBA MVP award.

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Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard has set a high individual goal for himself: the NBA MVP award.

"I think I can be a first team All-NBA, I think I can be an All-Star, I think I can be an MVP," Lillard told CSNNW.com. "That's just my opinion. I don't know when, but how I plan to work and how much better I want to be, I feel like anything is possible."

..."I'm not saying I deserve those things right now. That's not what I'm saying. What I am saying is that I set high standards for myself," he said. "I'm not going to come out and try to force myself to be an MVP next season, I'm going to be myself and hopefully all the hard work that I put in will get me to that point. I can get a lot better."

Lillard made the comments after surpassing Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry's rookie record for three-pointers made in a season. Lillard shot three-for-seven from deep on the night, pushing his total to 169-for-452 (37.4 percent) for the season. Curry shot 166-for-380 (43.7 percent) in his 2009-10 rookie campaign.

Only four point guards have won the NBA's MVP award, which dates back to 1955-1956: Bob Cousy (1957), Magic Johnson (1987, 1989, 1990), Steve Nash (2005, 2006) and Derrick Rose (2010).

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