Damian Lillard

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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard.jpg
Lillard with the Trail Blazers
No. 0 – Portland Trail Blazers
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1990-07-15) July 15, 1990 (age 23)
Oakland, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Joseph Notre Dame
(Alameda, California)
Oakland (Oakland, California)
CollegeWeber State (2008–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–presentPortland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard.jpg
Lillard with the Trail Blazers
No. 0 – Portland Trail Blazers
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1990-07-15) July 15, 1990 (age 23)
Oakland, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Joseph Notre Dame
(Alameda, California)
Oakland (Oakland, California)
CollegeWeber State (2008–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–presentPortland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard (born July 15, 1990) is an American professional basketball point guard with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an honorable mention All-American in 2010. A 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) guard from Oakland, California, Lillard played collegiately at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He was selected in the first round with the sixth overall pick by Portland in the 2012 NBA Draft, and was unanimously named the 2012–13 NBA Rookie of the Year. In 2013-14 Lillard was named by coaches to the NBA All-Star team for the first time.

High school career[edit]

During his sophomore year, he transferred to St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, a private school that produced former NBA point guard Jason Kidd.[1] At the end of his sophomore season, he was looking to transfer again from St. Joseph Notre Dame due to the lack of playing time.[1] For his junior year, Lillard played for coach Orlando Watkins at Oakland High School, where he was first team all-league his junior and senior seasons. As a junior at Oakland, he averaged 19.4 points per game.[2] In his senior year, the Wildcats lost in the NorCal semifinals to De La Salle High School, 49-45, with Lillard fouling out of the game.[2] He averaged 22.4 points and 5.2 assists per game his senior season and led Oakland to a 23-9 record.[2] His development also grew during the summer of 2007,[3] with his experience playing for Oakland's premier Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball program, the Oakland Rebels.[4] Only regarded as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com,[5] he was not heavily recruited out of high school.

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Weber State University, Lillard averaged 11.5 points per game in the 2008–09 season and led the Wildcats to the Big Sky Conference regular-season championship. He was named conference Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference, the first Big Sky freshman to do so since Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey in 2006.

As a sophomore, Lillard took his game to another level. He raised his scoring average to 19.9 points per game and again led the Wildcats to the regular season conference championship. At the conclusion of the season, Lillard was named Big Sky player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.[6]

In 2010–11, Lillard was again off to a good start. However, his season was cut short as he suffered a foot injury nine games into the season and was forced to take a medical redshirt.[7] Lillard was leading the Big Sky with 19.7 points per game before his injury sidelined him for the year.

In 2011–12, as a redshirt junior, Lillard led the Wildcats to a 14–2 record in Big Sky conference play and an appearance in the Big Sky championship game.[8] Lillard led the nation in scoring along side John Taban through most of the season,[9] averaging 24.5 points per game by season's end. On December 3, 2011, in Weber State's 91–89 double-overtime win over San Jose State, Lillard scored a college career-high 41 points, including both game-tying scores at the end of the second half and first overtime and a winning three-point play at the end of the second overtime.[10] His efforts earned him his third first-team all-conference selection and his second Big Sky Player of the Year award, and he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.[11] Shortly after the season ended, Lillard, widely regarded as the top point guard prospect in the country, decided to forgo his senior season and declared himself eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft.[12] Lillard finished his college career as the No. 2 scorer in Weber State history (1,934 points) and the No. 5 scorer in Big Sky history.

College statistics[edit]

Career statistics by season [13]
YearTeamGPMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2008–2009Weber State3129.4.434.374.8413.92.91.10.211.5
2009–2010Weber State3134.3.431.393.8534.03.61.10.119.9
2010–2011Weber State1028.5.438.345.8573.83.31.40.217.7
2011–2012Weber State3234.5.467.409.8875.04.01.50.224.5
Career10432.3.446.390.8674.33.51.30.218.6

College awards and honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

2012–13 season: Rookie of the Year[edit]

Lillard attempts a jump shot over Draymond Green in January 2013

Lillard was drafted in the first round with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, making him the highest selected player coming out of Weber State University. He came to terms with the Blazers on July 13. He was named co-MVP of the 2012 NBA Summer League, while averaging 26.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists. On October 31, 2012, in his NBA debut against the Lakers, Lillard recorded 23 points and 11 assists, joining Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas as the only players in NBA history with at least 20 points and 10 assists in their NBA debuts.

On November 3, 2012, Lillard joined Oscar Robertson in recording 20 or more points and more than seven assists in his first three rookie season games. Lillard was named the Western Conference's Rookie of the Month for November 2012[14] and December 2012.[15] In January 2013, Lillard scored 37 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, making seven three-pointers in that rout. Later that month, he was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the third consecutive time.

He also played in the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge, and won the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge in his first appearance. He was later named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February and March. On April 10, Lillard scored, 38 points, which was a career high at that time, in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Later, he was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in April, sweeping the Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards for the whole 2012-2013 season. He currently holds the record for three-point field goals made by a rookie with 185. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year unanimously at the end of the season, becoming just the fourth rookie to do so, joining Blake Griffin (2011), David Robinson (1990) and Ralph Sampson (1984).[16] In the summer of 2013, Lillard participated in Team USA's minicamp.

2013–14 season: All-Star[edit]

On January 7, 2014, Lillard scored a new career-high 41 points in a loss to the Sacramento Kings, including 26 points in the fourth quarter which was a Portland Trailblazer record for most points scored in any quarter.[17]

On January 28, 2014 Lillard was selected by coaches for his first All-Star Game appearance. Lillard became the first player in NBA history to take part in five events during the 2014 All-Star festivities: the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night, and finally the All-Star game on Sunday night.[18] He was selected by the coaches to come off the bench during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. During the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. Lillard won first place in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge teaming up with Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke.

Lillard's second year success was rewarded with a new athletic shoe contract with Adidas in April 2014. Although financial terms were not immediately released, the extremely lucrative eight-year deal was said to be exceeded only by the shoe deals of Lebron James ($20 million annually) and Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose ($185 million over 13 years).[19] The deal reportedly can be extended to ten years in duration if certain incentives are met, according to a report in USA Today by veteran NBA journalist Sam Amick, citing an unnamed source.[19]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Correct as of March 14, 2014

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13Portland828238.6.429.368.8443.16.50.90.219.0
2013–14Portland818136.1.423.391.8713.65.60.80.320.8
Career16316337.4.426.380.8593.36.00.80.319.9
All-Star109.0.375.500.0001.00.00.00.09.0

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 'I'm really here': Lillard excels after unlikely rise to lottery pick. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Damian Lillard's high school coach saw the skill and chip". MaxPreps.com. January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Scout.com: 2008 Introduction: Damian Lillard". FoxSports.com. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Oakland Rebels Alumni". Oakland Rebels. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Damian Lillard – Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Damian Lillard Named 2009–10 Big Sky MVP". weberstatesports.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lillard gets medical redshirt; Wildcat star's junior season restored". standard.net. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Big Sky Conference – Grizzlies Claim Big Sky Championship". .bigskyconf.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  9. ^ "Big Sky Conference – Weber State Eyes BracketBusters Win". .bigskyconf.com. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (December 3, 2011). "Weber St. 91, San Jose St. 89". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Big Sky Conference – Lillard Among Cousy Final Five". .bigskyconf.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  12. ^ "Big Sky Conference – Lillard Declares for NBA Draft". .bigskyconf.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  13. ^ "Damian Lillard NBA & ABA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  14. ^ "Bobcats' Kidd-Gilchrist, Blazers' Lillard take monthly honors". NBA.com. December 5, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Wizards' Beal, Blazers' Lillard named Kia Rookies of the Month". NBA.com. January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Damian Lillard Named Kia NBA Rookie Of The Year". Portland Trail Blazers. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Tokito, Mike (8 January 2014). "Damian Lillard's career high and record quarter aren't enough for Trail Blazers". oregonlive.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  18. ^ NBA: Damian Lillard to make history at All-Star weekend
  19. ^ a b Sam Amick, "Damian Lillard Lands Mammoth Shoe Deal with Adidas," USA Today, April 14, 2014.

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