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The term “Point Guard of the Future” is loosely thrown around when discussing young guards these days. However in Portland, they may very well have their man. Damian Lillard from Weber State was the number 6 pick in this years draft, and is wholeheartedly living up to his potential. In the NBA summer league held in Las Vegas, Lillard has progressively gained a sense of comfort running the Portland offense. Like any lottery pick, there was a lot of pressure for Lillard to perform. In game 1 the pressure got to him, and in the first half he struggled.
Fortunately for Portland, it only took one half of basketball for Lillard to reach an all important comfort level. He came out firing in the second half of game one, and in the entirety of the Vegas summer league his averages were astonishing. 26.5 PPG, 5.3 APG, and 4.0 RPG have propelled Lillard to the top of the MVP race in Las Vegas. If there was a statistic that kept track of Lillard’s comfort level, we can only imagine that it has skyrocketed on a game-to-game basis.
Speaking of skyrocketing, Lillard’s 40 inch vertical was on full display in the video above. As the NBA TV announcer said, he sees a lot of Derrick Rose in Damian Lillard. They have identical vertical leaps, and relatively similar builds. If Lillard pans out like a former MVP in Rose, Portland could have made the steal of the draft. Granted with Lillard’s talent, if he attended a big time school like Kentucky or UNC he could have been a top 4 or 5 pick. The small conference that he played in was one of very few things stopping him from going top 5.
The real wow factor with Lillard has nothing to do with his play. It isn’t his comfort level, nor is it his ability to splash 3′s from way downtown. His attitude towards basketball is very Brandon Roy-esque. Lillard already seems as though he’s an established veteran in this league. He walks with the swagger of an elite point guard, while doing his job as efficiently and intelligently as possible. As a Portland fan, I can not wait for the upcoming season. With a coaching search underway and the point guard position in very able hands, the cloudy future of the Trail Blazers is slowly dissipating into a bright sunrise.
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The 2012 Las Vegas Summer League is officially behind fans in Rip City, and the Portland Trail Blazers showed us a few things throughout their five games this past week.
5) Damian Lillard Is A Dynamic Scorer
Damian Lillard’s 26.5-point-per-game average showed us exactly what we already knew heading into the Las Vegas Summer League—the kid is a flat-out scorer...
Many questioned the Portland Trail Blazers pick of Damian Lillard in this year’s NBA draft. Many question the pick because Lillard played at Weber State in the Big Sky conference. I really liked this pick because if you can play you can play it doesn’t matter where you played at. So far Lillard play in the NBA summer league should doubt all the doubters of this...
A relatively unknown 6-foot-3 rookie point guard out of Weber State is going to have to do a lot to open people's eyes to convince the world he is a legitimate NBA player. Like, say, throw down a vicious dunk on a defender eight inches taller than him. Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers' top draft pick, did just that in a Las Vegas Summer League game, driving the...
The term "Point Guard of the Future" is loosely thrown around when discussing young guards these days. However in Portland, they may very well have their man. Damian Lillard from Weber State was the number 6 pick in this years draft, and is wholeheartedly living up to his potential. In the NBA summer league held in Las Vegas, Lillard has progressively gained a sense of...
With the sixth overall draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Weber State point guard Damian Lillard.
It looks like that pick seems to be a good choice as he showed off his aerial exploits in the below clip from today's Blazers/Hawks Summer League game:
What do the new guys bring to the table?
This summer has seen the Portland Trail Blazers bring on a number of new faces who will join the team for the 2012-13 NBA season.
The team’s roster has six new names on it since June’s NBA draft.
Here’s a look at what each new player will bring to the team next year:
Sasha Pavlovic is the most recent addition to the Trail...
Following a disappointing 2011-2012 season that saw the teams' three-year postseason run come to an end, the Portland Trail Blazers made a change in the front office, hiring Neil Olshey as the team's new general manager. With the team only having five players under contract entering the off-season, just about everyone who follows the team knew that there would be significant...
A true point guard, this is what Damian Lillard is. Enough talks about how he is a “scoring guard”. Lillard controls a game better than many point guards in the league now. I know, it’s only Summer League, but I love what he has shown so far.
He plays with a lot of poise for a rookie. When Lillard is in game mode, his demeanor never alters. As Joe Freeman of The Oregonian...
I’ll admit, I saw Damian Lillard as a wasted pick because he was taken ahead of Harrison Barnes. With both players yet to dribble just once in a true NBA game, the jury is still out, and will probably be out for quite some time, years even. On the same token, Lillard has been impressing [...]
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I’ll admit, I saw Damian Lillard as a wasted pick because he was taken ahead of Harrison Barnes. With both players yet to dribble just once in a true NBA game, the jury is still out, and will probably be out for quite some time, years even.
On the same token, Lillard has been impressing people with his play of late, myself included, even though it is just Summer League. I will...
LaMarcus Aldridge said he is "98 percent" healed from March surgery on his right hip and is one week away from being cleared.
LAS VEGAS It's been one thundering dunk by Damian Lillard, an appearance by Jimmer Fredette in which he seemed unable to pass and a sighting of Adam Morrison without his questionable facial hair. It's been 10 days of scorching heat and dozens of players who'll never see a minute of NBA action. It's been the first glimpses of top picks Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley...
Will Barton scored 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting for Portland.
LaMarcus Aldridge was disappointed that the Blazers were unable to acquire Roy Hibbert in free agency.