With less than a week remaining in the 2020-21 season, eyes are now shifting towards the award races. Despite their confusion with this year’s loosened restrictions on positions, credentialed voters have begun to disclose some of their award selections. One player they haven’t had much confusion on is Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. Today, Washington Post columnist and national NBA writer Ben Golliver made his selections, with Lillard firmly entrenched on his All-NBA Second Team.
Golliver, a former Blazer’s Edge columnist, had Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic rounding out his All-NBA First Team guard picks. When it came to the Blazers star guard, he had this to say about his performance this season.
“As dependable and unflappable as ever, Lillard (28.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.6 APG) has overcome a host of injuries to his supporting cast and kept the Portland Trail Blazers in the playoff mix for the eighth straight season. Portland is 24-12 in games that are within five points in the last five minutes almost entirely because of Lillard’s relentless late-game heroics.”
The rest of the article hits on his picks for each of the three teams, as well as his thoughts on the NBA’s lax position rules for this year’s voting. It can be found here (subscription required).