Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard treated NBA fans to an amazing three-point barrage in the second quarter of Monday’s Game 2 matchup against the Denver Nuggets. With Lillard’s half-court heroics on full display, Basketball News contributor Spencer Davies put together a chart that highlighted just how dangerous the Blazers’ marquee player is from beyond 30 feet.
According to the chart, Lillard led the NBA in three-point conversions from beyond 30 feet. In the 2020-21 regular season, Lillard converted 45 of his 130 deep three-point attempts. Warriors star Steph Curry was the only other player to attempt more than 100 30-foot three-pointers last season. Outside of Lillard and Curry, it is clear that Hawks guard Trae Young is quickly approaching the same territory.
When it comes to the direction the NBA is heading in, Davies pointed out that Lillard and Curry lead the pack by a significant margin.
As you can plainly see, there’s quite a few players trying to extend their range — and some like Irving, Quickley, Mitchell and Hield utilize it efficiently — nobody’s in the same stratosphere as Lillard and Curry far as volume is concerned. Though Young is making his way to that point, we just don’t see these kinds of parking lot shots as often from anybody else as we do from the Oakland native and the Bay Area resident.
Lillard: 152/451 (33.7%)
Curry: 130/450 (28.9%)
Young: 92/255 (36.1%)
Lillard connected on 39.1 percent of all his three-point attempts in the regular season. You can read the full story from Davies at Basketball News.