Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard has moved down two spots in the MVP rankings by Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. Haynes ranks Lillard last behind Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets.
5. Damian Lillard
28.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 7.4 apg
BetMGM odds: +3000
Lillard falls two slots from our last MVP watch. The Portland Trail Blazers and their star guard have suffered a brutal month, dropping 10 of their last 15 games, and Lillard has been swarmed with aggressive, trapping defenses while dealing with multiple injuries. Portland has now dipped to the seventh seed in the Western Conference standings, currently placing it in dreaded play-in territory. With 13 games remaining, it’s going to take a monumental turnaround for Lillard to make a strong case for the award.
Given Lillard’s propensity for great moments late in the season, there is still time for him to make his case.
You can read the entire rankings here.