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Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum Among League’s Best Ankle-Breakers

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Dan Favale of Bleacher Report lists the ankle-breakers around the league to watch for this season.

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The Portland Trail Blazers backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum has gained a reputation for breaking ankles on the court. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report ranks them among the best ankle-breakers in the league entering the 2018-19 season in the “Every Now and Then-ers” group.

Of Lillard, Favale notes:

Damian Lillard doesn’t wreck ankles with conventional style or frequency. Difficult looks are his bread and butter, and he leverages that no-fear shot map into beelines without too much razzle-dazzle.

Still, the separation he manufactures against even the lankiest defenders is something else. When his wrists turn on the jets and he jumps back on a dime, magic happens.

McCollum’s attacks feature precision, Favale says:

CJ McCollum’s half-court assaults are more methodical than manic, but poise and precision can be killers. He’s no stranger to putting players on their butts and almost out of their shoes.

Among others listed by Favale include LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. You can read the tiers by Favale here.