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Damian Lillard vs. Allen Iverson, Who’s Better?

Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report compares two of the game’s greats.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has drawn comparisons to one of the great scoring guards in NBA history. Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report ran an article this week, stacking up Lillard against Allen Iverson. Bailey compared Dame and AI on an off the floor, floating statistics, style, and influence.

Lillard’s edges in box plus/minus and net rating swing likely helped him win the blind polls. And if you combine points with points generated by assists, Iverson averaged 38.6 per 75 possessions, while Lillard averaged a combined 39.9 per 75 possessions.

Between those advantages and the difference in shooting efficiency, Lillard has a compelling argument over Iverson.

The battle swings both ways, though.

During the seven-year stretch we’re looking at for Iverson, he made six All-NBA teams (three first-team nods), six All-Star teams, won four scoring titles and one MVP.

Over the course of his career, Lillard has four All-NBA nods (one first-team appearance) and four All-Star selections.

With the race too close to call, Bailey selects Lillard as the more distinguished player, though Iverson is far more famous.

Do you agree? If not, what does Lillard have to do in order to overtake AI?