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Damian Lillard Likely All-NBA Second Team

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Zach Harper of the Athletic details his picks for league awards.

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After competing in the MVP race this season, the recent slump has had an impact on how media are talking about the Portland Trail Blazers’ All-Star point guard, Damian Lillard. Lillard has struggled and missed time in the last few weeks due to a hamstring injury. Zach Harper of the Athletic pegs Lillard as second team All-NBA due to the Trail Blazers’ slide.

Lillard felt like a lock for top five in MVP voting a month ago. Since then, he’s missed time, and Portland slipped up a bit. Still, his numbers throughout the season have separated him from most of the elite guards, and we’ve seen his continued clutch performances on a nightly basis. Maybe he still has a shot at First Team, but it would take a massive run by Portland to finish out this season.

He selects Chris Paul alongside Lillard at the guard slot.

You can read all of Harper’s picks here (subscription required).