Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard earned his fifth trip to the NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Oakland native finished behind James Harden and Luka Doncic in voting for All-Star starters, but he secured a place as a reserve.
Sources: 2020 NBA All-Star reserves:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 30, 2020
East: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Domas Sabonis
West: Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul
Lillard is enjoying a season full of career-high numbers. Through 46 contests, he is averaging 29.0 points and 7.8 assists per game. Leading into Thursday’s announcement, Lillard has strung together four eye-popping performances. He is averaging 48.5 points per game over that stretch, a run that earned him Western Conference Player of the Week.
With the players set, team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James will select their squads on Feb. 6. The All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16 in Chicago, Illinois.
Update: Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reports that Lillard will take point in the 3-Point Contest as well.