What kind of player was Damian Lillard going to be in the NBA? Was he worth a high first round pick? These are the questions the Portland Trail Blazers had to contend with when they were making their picks, and it looks like they made the right choice.
It’s only been four games, but Lillard is already averaging 19.3 PPG, 8.0 APG and 3.8 RPG.
To open the season, the rookie poured in 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting, then chipped in with 11 assists and three rebounds in a 116-106 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Two days later he went for 21 points, seven dimes and three boards in a loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He had his most complete game this past weekend, dropping 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds in 42 minutes during a 95-85 triumph on the road against the Houston Rockets.
Lillard has his worst game as a pro this past Monday though, as he only shot 2-of-13 from the floor and finished with only 13 points in 33 minutes. His Trail Blazers lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the process.
Nonetheless, the point guard out of Weber State has proved to be a wise choice with that first round pick. He’s got practically no competition for minutes at the point, meaning Lillard will get to learn on the job. He should only get better and better from here on out as the game begins to slow down for him.
Under his guidance, the Trail Blazers have gone 2-2, with wins over strong teams. They should continue to make people watch Portland this season as the public isn’t in love with Portland by any stretch of the imagination.
Keep your eye out on Lillard. He’s certainly going to be challenging Anthony Davis for Rookie of the Year honors.