Damian Lillard, the NBA’s most underrated star in league history

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TODamian Lillard it has taken him years to get access to the NBA VIP area. Despite accumulating statistics and exhibitions during his first courses in the league, the fact of being in a small market like Portland closed the doors of the elite he did not recognize in the small Oakland point guard as one of them.

The night Damian Lillard and LeBron James broke the mold

Rookie of the Year in 2013, did not make a permanent All Star slot until 2018 and each summer, when Coach K had to give the list for World Cups or Olympics, the base of Blazers it looked out of every Dream Team update. A frustration that he used as gasoline for an engine that has now become a Formula 1 in an NBA that, at last, has given up on his exploits.

The last one came before the Pelicans after scoring 50 points with just 20 field goals. He is the third player who has needed the fewest pitches to reach that number after Adrian Dantley (17 in 1980) and Willie Burton (18 in 1994). Was the Lillard’s third game with 50 points and 10 assists, matching Russell Westbrook and Tiny Archibald at those figures and has become the seventh player with the most games (12) above five tens in scoring. A list headed by an animal named Wilt Chamberlain, who did it 118 times.

“I know what it is to feel like a stranger and not have the spotlight on you and want to be seen by others”, declared the Blazers player after his last feat.

For Lillard those numbers are not just records or marks that have allowed him to establish himself in the elite of the league. Something that he had been dreaming of since he took his first steps. His parents, Houston and Gina, immediately gave him a ball to practice in the backyard of their small house in Oakland.. Between stumbling and stumbling, as he learned to walk, Lillard began to make the ball one more appendage of his body.

This is how Lillard trains his infallible unstoppable and indefensible strategy: triples from the logo

Lillard began to make a name for himself as one of the best high school players in California. His ability, his speed and, above all, his scoring instinct earned him to become feared on all the fields on which Oakland High School had to play. Their averages spoke for themselves. Especially in his senior year wearing the Oakland High jersey, when the point guard averaged more than 28 points per game and with exhibitions that led him to 45 points in more than one encounter.

With this resume, Lillard shouldn’t be slow to find girlfriends to commit to for the future. However, his body made him a suspect in the eyes of scouts. In the end, it was Weber State that got the yes I want from a player who kept shooting hoops at the same speed as he was crossing the track to finish a counterattack. Something that he has not stopped doing throughout his career and that has now made him one of the biggest ‘killers’ in the NBA.

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TODamian Lillard it has taken him years to get access to the NBA VIP area. Despite accumulating statistics and exhibitions during his first courses in the league, the fact of being in a small market like Portland closed the doors of the elite he did not recognize in the small Oakland point guard as one of them.

The night Damian Lillard and LeBron James broke the mold

Rookie of the Year in 2013, did not clinch a permanent All Star slot until 2018 and each summer, when Coach K had to give the list for World Cups or Olympics, the base of Blazers it looked out of every Dream Team update. A frustration that he used as gasoline for an engine that has now become a Formula 1 in an NBA that, at last, has given up on his exploits.

The last one came before the Pelicans after scoring 50 points with just 20 field goals. He is the third player who has needed the fewest pitches to reach that number after Adrian Dantley (17 in 1980) and Willie Burton (18 in 1994). Was the Lillard’s third game with 50 points and 10 assists, matching Russell Westbrook and Tiny Archibald at those figures and has become the seventh player with the most games (12) above five tens in scoring. A list headed by an animal named Wilt Chamberlain, who did it 118 times.

“I know what it is to feel like a stranger and not have the spotlight on you and want to be seen by others”, declared the Blazers player after his last feat.

For Lillard those numbers are not just records or marks that have allowed him to establish himself in the elite of the league. Something that he had been dreaming of since he took his first steps. His parents, Houston and Gina, immediately gave him a ball to practice in the backyard of their small house in Oakland.. Between stumbling and stumbling, while learning to walk, Lillard began to make the ball one more appendage of his body.

This is how Lillard trains his infallible unstoppable and indefensible strategy: triples from the logo

Lillard began to make a name for himself as one of the best high school players in California. His ability, his speed and, above all, his scoring instinct earned him to become feared on all the fields on which Oakland High School had to play. Their averages spoke for themselves. Especially in his senior year wearing the Oakland High jersey, when the point guard averaged more than 28 points per game and with exhibitions that led him to 45 points in more than one encounter.

With this resume, Lillard shouldn’t be slow to find girlfriends to commit to for the future. However, his body made him a suspect in the eyes of scouts. In the end, it was Weber State that got the yes I want from a player who kept shooting hoops at the same speed as he was crossing the track to finish a counterattack. Something that he has not stopped doing throughout his career and that has now made him one of the biggest ‘killers’ in the NBA.

Subscribe to the BRAND Basket Newsletter and receive in your email, from Monday to Sunday and first thing in the morning, the exclusive news, interviews, reports, graphics and videos that will mark the day in the NBA, Endesa League, Euroleague and the rest of the basket world.

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