Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 10/15/12
Expectations for the Portland Trail Blazers are not high for the 2012-13 season.  With that said, all hope is not lost.  A big reason for this is rookie point guard Damian Lillard.  From the moment the Blazers used the 6th pick of the 2012 NBA draft, Lillard was penciled in as the opening day starter at the point.  Thus far, he has done nothing but make new Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey look good. Lillard’s first opportunity to put his talents on display came in July in Las Vegas in the NBA Summer League.  He did not disappoint.  He earned Co-MVP honors by averaging 26.5 points, 5.3 assists, and 4 rebounds over the course of the 4-game season.  It wasn’t just his stat line that was impressive.  His on-court stoic demeanor and confident swagger make him seem mature beyond his years.  These are qualities Blazers execs are sure to be excited about as they look to pair a new face of the franchise alongside veteran power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Although comparisons often rin...
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