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ESPN Player Power Rankings: Lillard Among the League's Best
With seven games remaining in the Portland Trail Blazers' season, point guard Damian Lillard remains among the NBA's most heralded players. The Blazer playmaker holds the seventh spot in ESPN's most recent Player Power Rankings, just ahead of former Portland teammate LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs.
As the league's fifth leading scorer, ESPN senior writer Chris Broussard believes Lillard could end up receiving votes for the league's Most Valuable Player award at season's end:
"Lillard can relate to Chris Paul. Sure, he has the league's top candidate for most improved player, CJ McCollum, to help him out, but besides that the cupboard is largely bare in Portland.
Still, he has the Blazers ahead of a healthy Rockets team and within striking distance of cascading Memphis for the fifth playoff spot in the West. He might finish in the top five for MVP voting."
In 68 games this season, Lillard holds averages of 25.4 points and 6.9 assists per game -- both career highs for the fourth-year guard out of Weber State. See the full rankings at ESPN.com.