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2019 Top 10 NBA Players, #6 Damian Lillard

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Damian Lillard Biography: Professional Career

Damian Lillard began his career in the NBA after getting picked as sixth overall in the NBA draft by the Trail Blazers, the only team he’s played forever since.

Let’s check out his stats:

  • 4× NBA All-Star (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
  • All-NBA First Team (2018)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (2016, 2019)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2014)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2013)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2019)
  • Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (2012)
  • 2× Big Sky Player of the Year (2010, 2012)
  • No. 1 retired by Weber State

2012-13 - Amazing Rookie Season

Lillard immediately started breaking records! The point guard was amazing since day one. He joined Allen Iverson and Oscar Robertson as the only players in the history of the league to come up with at least 20 points and 10 assists during their debuts.

His 11 assists during the very same game also were the most for an NBA rookie during his first league match since Jason Kidd also got 11 back in 1994.

He was also the first player from Portland to win an event at the NBA All-Star Weekend, becoming the Skills Challenge champion.

He became one of eight players in NBA history to have earned the Rookie of the Month award each month of his inaugural season. As expected, he ended up getting the NBA Rookie of the Year award at the end of his first season.

2013-14 Season

Lillard started showing what he was made of in terms of talent as he became the first player in the history of the league to participate in five All-Star weekend events. He did the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest, the Slam Dunk Contest, and the All-Star Game.

Lillard started all 82 games for Portland and helped his team make it to the postseason, where they faced the Rockets in the first round. He became the first player since John Stockton in 1997 to score a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that allowed his team to win a playoff series. This was the first of two times that Lillard managed to win a playoffs series for his team thanks to a buzzer-beating shot. And this was quite significant for the Trail Blazers as a whole, as this was the first time they won a postseason series since the year 2000.

Portland ended up exiting the playoffs very soon, as they got defeated in five games by the Spurs in the second round.

2014-15 Season

This meant the third season in a row that Lillard was able to play all 82 scheduled games with his team. This season, he got selected for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game as a replacement for an injured Blake Griffin.

Portland finished the regular season as the fourth seed in the Western Conference, and that sent them straight to a playoffs first-round series against the Grizzlies, losing to Memphis in five games.

2015-16 Season

At this point, the Trail Blazers were happy with Lillard’s performance, and as a sign of their appreciation, they offered the player a 5-year extension worth $120 million. During this season, Lillard became the fastest player in the NBA to reach the 600, 3-point mark, getting this record at 247 games. He also became the second-fastest player to reach 5,000 points and 1,500 assists, doing it in 248, 8 more games than Derrick Rose at 240. And, if that wasn’t enough, he also became the first player since Clyde Drexler to record 600 points and 150 assists during the first 25 games of his team.

The Trail Blazers also made it to this season’s playoffs, where they faced the Clippers at the first round. After defeating LA, Portland went on to play Golden State, losing to the Warriors in five games.

2016-17 Season

Lillard continued accumulating positive personal stats, getting 262 points in his first 8 games of the season, the most points by a league player since Kobe Bryant’s 264 points in the same number of games back in the 2009-10 season.

He also joined LeBron James and Michael Jordan as the only three players to have reached 8,000 points and 2,000 assists in the first five seasons of their careers. Unfortunately for Lillard, his team entered this year’s postseason to a direct first-round series against Golden State, losing to the Warriors in what it was a clean sweep.

2017-18 Season

He opened the season by breaking a franchise record: he became the fastest player ever from Portland to reach the 9,000-point milestone. His record-breaking stats didn’t stop there. He turned into just the third player in the history of the NBA to acquire 1,500 points and 400-plus assists in each of his first six seasons. The Trail Blazers finished the regular season with a 49-33 record, which allowed them to acquire the third seed in their conference. They got eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, falling to the Pelicans in four straight games.

2018-19 Season

Another successful season for Lillard and Portland, allowing the team to advance to the playoffs once again. Lillard was able to score a game-winning 3-pointer just at the buzzer, making it possible for the Trail Blazers to eliminate the Thunder in five games, and moving into the second round versus Denver. This was the second time in Lillard’s career that he managed to win a postseason series thanks to a buzzer-beating shot.

During the second round, Lillard came up with a couple of 30-plus point performances, allowing Portland to tie their Western Conference semifinals with the Nuggets at 3-3. The Trail Blazers went on to win a very tied game seven, making it to the conference finals, where they got swept in four straight games by the Warriors.

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