Player Profile - Damian Lillard
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS BY THE NUMBERS
1 - His 403 3-pointers through his first two seasons in the league ranks first all-time in the NBA
5 - Participated in five All-Star Weekend events (BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, Sprite Slam Dunk, 63rd NBA All-Star Game), winning the Taco Bell Skills Challenge for the second consecutive year, this time with teammate Trey Burke from the Utah Jazz
218 - Most 3-pointers made by a Portland player in franchise history for one season
Sophomore, Damian Lillard added another fantastic season to his resume averaging a career-high 20.7 points (42.4% FG, 39.4% 3-PT, 87.1% FT), along with 3.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 35.8 minutes while starting all 82 games. At he end of the year he was ranked third in the NBA in 3-point field goals made (218), eighth in free throw percentage (87.1%), 16th in the league in scoring (20.7 ppg) and tied for 22nd in assists (5.6 apg.) Lillard joined Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks as the only Trail Blazers to score 3,000 points in their first 150 NBA games and is the seventh NBA player since 2002 to achieve the feat (K. Irving, B. Griffin, K. Durant, L. James, D. Wade, C. Anthony.) He joined Clyde Drexler as the only Portland players to ever record 38 points, 11 assists and four 3-pointers in a game.
His ability to perform in clutch situations was also solidified, ranking him second in the NBA in fourth quarter scoring (466), only behind Kevin Durant (531.) Only four players in NBA history have more points (3,257) and assists (988) in their first two seasons (O. Robertson, T. Archibald, A Iverson, L. James.) His top tier talent earned him a spot on the 2014 Western Conference All-Star Team for the first time, joining teammate LaMarcus Aldridge on the squad.
Lillard continued his strong play into the postseason. In his first postseason run he averaged 22.9 points, 6.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 42.3 minutes. The most memorable shot of the year coming in Game 6 of the first round against the Houston Rockets when he drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer clinching Portland’s first Playoffs series victory in 14 years.