What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Cavaliers

by Casey Holdahl
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Damian Lillard vs. Kyrie Irving

One player spent his collegiate career at traditional powerhouse Duke University, while the other attended little-known Weber State. The former was named the first overall pick by Cleveland after a single season at school, while the latter used his four-year career to rise up draft boards to Portland’s number six overall pick a year later. But no matter the journey, both Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard not only made the game’s foremost league but are thriving as two of its best and most popular point guards. Irving (2011) and Lillard (2012) represent the NBA’s last two Rookies of the Year, and both players have done nothing but improve their play since taking home those awards. Irving earned another distinguished honor, a spot on the 2013 All-Star Team, last season before leading his team in scoring (21.4), assists (6.1) and steals (1.26) so far in 2013-14. Lillard is the NBA’s leader in 3-pointers made (120) and ranks among the game’s 20 best players in scoring (21.4), assists (5.7), free throw shooting (89.5%) and 3-point shooting (44.3%). And of all the tremendous point guards in the NBA today, it was Irving and Lillard who started opposite each other in this summer’s USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas.

Damian Lillard

• Ranks tied for 11th in the NBA in scoring (21.4), tied for 19th in assists (5.7) and fifth in free throw percentage (89.5%)
• Leads the NBA with 120 3-pointers made while shooting 44.3% from 3-point distance
• Unanimously named the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year

Kyrie Irving

• Ranks tied for 11th in the NBA in scoring (21.4), tied for 15th in assists (6.1) and 38th in free throw percentage (82.3%)
• Leads the Cavaliers in points (21.4), assists (6.1), steals (1.26) and minutes (35.0)
• Named the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year and a 2013 NBA All-Star