Fueled by outstanding scoring production and team success, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard continued his ascent in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player discussion. Earlier in the week, Lillard’s rise was reflected in the latest edition of the Kia MVP Ladder.
Lillard jumped from No. 8 to No. 3 on the list. NBA.com contributor Michael C. Wright compared Lillard’s MVP case to Russell Westbrook’s award-winning pursuit in the 2016-17 season.
The Hulu ad campaign should just air this man’s recent highlights on a loop with Lillard in the background freestyling, “Hulu. Has. Live. Sports.” It’s just flat out ridiculous what he’s doing in shouldering the load in Portland with CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic nursing injuries. Clutch time is definitely Dame time, as he’s 12-3 in those situations, burning the opposition down the stretch, sinking 58.8% from deep in the last five minutes of games separated by five points or fewer. He’s not an All-Star starter, but neither was Russell Westbrook the year he won MVP.
Through 28 outings this season, Lillard is averaging 30.0 points and 7.9 assists per game. Only LeBron James and Joel Embiid finished in front of the Blazers star in the latest MVP rankings.
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