Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has established himself as one of the premier players in the entire NBA. Regardless of his top-shelf billing league wide, Lillard finished at No. 3 in CBS Sports’ rankings of the best point guards in the NBA.
CBS Sports contributor Michael Bohlin explained that the rankings included players tasked with primary facilitator duties. After establishing the criteria for the list, Lillard was placed behind Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic. Along with the rankings, Bohlin explain that he is a believer in Lillard’s MVP chances.
To me, Lillard trails only Luka Doncic in MVP likelihood. The Blazers had a great offseason, and Lillard just continues to get better, as impossible as that seems given the heights to which he has raised his game in recent years. What he did in getting Portland into the playoffs in the bubble was beyond extraordinary. It used to be laughable to try to put any point guard in the class of Stephen Curry, but Lillard has changed that. You have to talk about him in the same conversation as the very best players in the world. To me, he should be above James Harden, but my vote was drowned out here.
To round out the top five, Chris Paul and Ben Simmons followed Lillard in CBS Sports’ rankings.
Last season, Lillard averaged 30.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. Both of those averages represented career-high marks for the former Weber State standout.
You can check out the complete list of point guard rankings at CBS Sports.