The basketball world is taking notice of the young Portland Trail Blazers and their All-Star (snub) point gaurd Damian Lillard, especially following the thrashing the Blazers laid on the Warriors last night.
Hardwood Paroxysm's Wes Goldberg points out that despite Lillard's play this season, he is often left out of the conversation surrounding the best point guards in the league. Goldberg makes a strong case for why Lillard is not only one of the best in his position, but also one of the best overall players in the league.
Lillard didn't get voted into the All Star game even though he made it the last two years. It's not as if Lillard is going unnoticed by the basketball-watching populace - he won Rookie of the Year and was All-NBA Third Team in his second season - but he is hardly ever mentioned in the best-point-guard-in-the-league conversation.
Lillard is averaging more points per game than any point guard not named Stephen Curry this season. His 7.3 assists ranks sixth among active players and he's averaging more three-pointers per game than anyone in the league that isn't on the Warriors.
Even after the well-documented off-season overhaul, Lillard has not wavered. He is more lethal than ever, leading the Blazers to their first winning record (28-27) since their 4-3 start to the season. Although some pundits picked the Blazers to be bottom feeders, it is becoming more and more clear that Lillard is a bonafide leader, All-Star, franchise player, and one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Read all of Golderg's article, here.
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