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Lowe: Damian Lillard Becoming a Premier Passer

ESPN analyst compares Lillard favorably to another famous point guard.

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Damian Lillard is showing vision and passing reminiscent of Rajon Rondo, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe in his latest “Ten Things I Like and Don’t Like” column. After giving video evidence, Lowe compliments Lillard’s movement and expectation-shattering dishes:

That is some peak Rajon Rondo-level angling. The timing of his pitty-pat pocket passes to Jusuf Nurkic is exquisite. They flow so naturally from the typical rhythm of his dribble that you almost don't see them coming; they kind of look like dribbles, until you realize Nurkic has the ball on his way to a rumbling layup.

Lillard is averaging 6.5 assists per game in his fifth year. Rondo averaged 11.2 with the Boston Celtics in his fifth campaign and holds a career average of 8.5.

Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio, and Kyle Kuzma also feature prominently in Lowe’s column.