Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard
30-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lillard is coming off his fourth All-NBA selection, and he posted career highs in field-goal percentage (44.4) and assists per game (6.9). Lillard has been a driving force of Portland's offense essentially since his rookie year, but things really took off once LaMarcus Aldridge left the team ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. Since then, Lillard has averaged 26.2 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal. Last season, Lillard racked up six games with at least 40 points, including a 50-point outing, plus 13 games with double-digit assists. Heading into 2019-20, there have been some significant roster changes for Portland. Moving on from Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu -- both of whom had been racking up minutes on the wing for four years -- the Blazers appear in line to start Kent Bazemore at small forward, while Anthony Tolliver, Zach Collins and Mario Hezonja will presumably split time at power forward. Hassan Whiteside will also start at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a devastating late-season leg injury. While the moves seem lateral, the shake-up has the potential to alter Lillard's stats, though it's unlikely to be dramatic. All things considered, Lillard seems primed for another great season as one of the NBA's top guards. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $196 million contract extension with the Trail Blazers in July of 2019. Contract includes $54.25 million player option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard, son of Houston and Gina, was born in 1990 in Oakland. He has a sister, LaNae, and a brother, Houston, who once starred as a quarterback for the Indoor Football League's Tri Cities Fever. Lillard started his high school career at St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda CA before transferring to Oakland High School after his sophomore season. He spent four years at Weber State and earned a professional sales degree in 2015 from the College of Applied Science and Technology. Lillard appeared in two exhibition games for the US National Team in the lead up to the 2014 FIBA World Cup and was named to the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team training camp roster. He has partnered with several area high schools for his RESPECT Program, which encourages all students and staff to "Show Up, Work Hard, and Be Kind". For these efforts and more, Lillard received the NBA's Kia Community Assist Award in 2013, as well as the Trailblazers' own Maurice Lucas Award. In 2019, he was selected as the winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Award by the Professional Basketball Writers Association for "showing outstanding service and dedication to his community". Lillard has also embarked upon a career in music, releasing several projects under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. More information about his's music can be found at damedolla.com. You can follow Lillard on Twitter @Dame_Lillard and on Instagram @damianlillard.

College/International Summary

Lillard spent four collegiate seasons at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. As a freshman, he was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year, and became the first true freshman to make the All-Big Sky First Team. The next year, Lillard led the Big Sky in scoring with 19.9 points per game. He was named the conference MVP and again made the All-Big Sky First Team. He only appeared in nine contests during his junior season, as a foot injury sidelined him for most of the season. After taking a medical redshirt, he returned in 2011-12 and once again claimed the Big Sky Conference MVP Award after averaging a school-record 24.5 points per game and becoming the first Big Sky player to earn AP All-American honors. Lillard left Weber State as the school's all-time leader in three-pointers, free throws and free throw percentage. His 1,934 career points were good for second in school history and fifth in the history of the Big Sky Conference.

MRI confirms mild sprain
GPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
September 2, 2020
Lillard recently underwent another MRI, which confirmed his original diagnosis of a mild right knee sprain, Shams Charania of Stadium reports.
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Lillard left the NBA bubble in Orlando last week to receive additional tests on his sprained knee, resulting in him sitting out the final game of the Trail Blazers' first-round series loss to the Lakers. Fortunately for the star point guard, he appears to have avoided any sort of long-term injury that would affect his availability for the 2020-21 campaign. After he averaged 33.0 points, 8.0 assists, 4.8 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game over his 13 contests in the bubble, Lillard likely solidified his standing as a first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
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2019

Please add summary here...In September, Lillard was named to the All-NBA Second Team, his fifth career selection.

2018

Lillard continued playing at an elite level and put together an outstanding 2018-19 campaign. The 29-year-old averaged 25.8 points per game -- good for ninth in the league. He added 6.9 assists per game, which ranked 11th in the NBA. Lillard knocked down 237 three-pointers, breaking his own franchise record for most three-pointers in a season. He also continued to excel from the free-throw line, where he shot 91.2 percent (third in the NBA). It was Lillard's second straight year of shooting at least 90 percent from the free-throw line. Lillard was selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game and the fourth of his career. He also made the All-NBA Second Team, which was the fifth All-NBA honor of his career. Lillard's 2,067 total points were the fourth-highest in a season in Trail Blazers history. He led the team in scoring 50 times and assists 55 times. Lillard recorded 13 double-doubles and eclipsed 20 points in 61 of 80 games. On Nov. 28 against Orlando, Lillard recorded 41 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, while setting a franchise record with 10 made three-pointers. In the same game, he set the franchise record for threes in a quarter with seven. On Oct. 25, also against Orlando, Lillard scored 41 points and set a franchise record for points in a half with 34. Two nights later, Lillard scored 42 points against Miami. Lillard led the Trail Blazers to series wins over the Thunder and Nuggets in Rounds 1 and 2 of the playoffs. In 16 postseason games, Lillard averaged 26.9 points, 6.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.

2017

Lillard appeared in 73 games for the Portland Trailblazers during the 2017-2018 campaign. The star point guard averaged 26.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per contest. He registered 11 double-doubles. Lillard finished fourth in the NBA in scoring. He hit the 50-point mark at Sacramento on Feb. 9. He was named to his third All-Star team. Lillard once again led the Blazers to the playoffs. He averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds in a four-game sweep at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. He was named First-Team All-NBA. Thanks to his spectacular season, Lillard finished fourth in the MVP voting.

2016

In Lillard's fifth season in Portland, the dynamic point guard set career highs in points, shooting percentage, free-throw percentage and rebounding. The star point guard averaged 27.0 points in 75 games played during the regular season. Lillard finished seventh in the NBA in scoring. He shot 44.4 percent from the field, including 37.0 percent from three-point range. Lillard shot 89.5 percent from the foul line, which was also seventh in the league. Lillard connected on 214 three-pointers during the regular season, which was eighth in the league. Lillard scored 59 points during his final appearance of the regular season, a career best. He hit nine treys, tying his career mark. Lillard shined in four playoff games versus the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 27.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. Lillard also scored over 30 points in three of the four games of the series.

2015

In his age-25 season, Lillard took his game to another level, as he vaulted himself onto the All-NBA Second Team for the first time. Lillard scored a career-high 25.1 points per game on a career-high 19.7 shots per game. The Weber State product also recorded a career-high 6.8 assists per game as he orchestrated Portland's offense. His scoring mark placed sixth across the entire NBA, while his assist rate was good for ninth. Lillard also did plenty of damage from three-point range, as his 3.1 made three-pointers per game was third in the league, putting him right behind Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He shot an efficient 37.5 percent from three-point range as well, improving from 34.3 percent a season earlier. Lillard's sharpshooting was really on display, when he dropped a season-high 51 points against the Warriors on Feb. 19. He shot 18-of-28 from the field in that game, including a scintillating 9-of-12 from beyond the arc. Lillard had another 50 point game on March 4, when he knocked down six three-pointers and made 12-of-13 from the free-throw line. He recorded a season-high 13 assists to go along with 30 points in a win over the Lakers on Nov. 22. That game was one of 15 double-doubles for the young Portland star. Perhaps the only blemish on Lillard's stellar campaign was the fact that he missed seven games, as he had played in all 82 games in each of his first three NBA seasons.

2014

In his third NBA season, Lillard started and appeared in all 82 games for Portland for the third consecutive year. Lillard averaged 21.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 35.7 minutes per game. He converted 43.4 percent of his field goal attempts, including 34.3 percent from beyond the arc. Lillard scored in double-figures in 80 of 82 games, reaching 30 points eight times and 40 points twice. In a win over the Spurs on Dec. 19, Lillard went for 43 points and six assists. Four days later, he had 40 points and 11 assists in a win over Oklahoma City. On Mar. 25 in Utah, Lillard set a season high with 12 assists. He grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds against the Clippers on Mar. 3. The guard qualified for his second career All-Star Game, coming off the bench for the Western Conference to put up 11 points and two assists in 16 minutes. At season's end, Lillard ranked seventh in minutes played, 10th in made field goals, sixth in made threes, 12th in made free throws, 13th in points per game and 16th in assists per game. He became the first player in league history to hit at least 150 three-pointers in each of his first three seasons. And Lillard joined Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James as the only players to record at least 4,000 points and 1,200 assists in their first 200 career games.

2013

Following a breakout rookie season, Damian Lillard was equally impressive in Year 2, averaging 20.7 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 35.8 minutes per game. For a second straight year, he appeared and started in all 82 games. Lillard hit 42.4 percent of his field goal attempts and knocked down 39.4 percent of his 6.8 three-point attempts per game. He led the Blazers in scoring on 26 occasions and reached 20 points in 44 of 82 games. In a loss to the Kings on Jan. 7, Lillard went for a season-high 41 points, including seven three-pointers. A month later, he scored 38 points, to go with 11 assists, in a Feb. 7 matchup against Indiana. Lillard handed out double-digit assists six times, with Portland winning five of those contests. The star point guard was named to the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time. He came off the bench to score nine points in nine minutes in the All-Star Game. Lillard made history by participating in all five All-Star Weekend events, and he won the Skills Challenge for the second consecutive season. In the playoffs, Lillard helped lead the Blazers to a Round 1 win over the Rockets in six games, sending Portland to the second round for the first time in 14 years. Late in Game 6, Lillard clinched the series with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from well beyond the arc. He finished the game with 25 points and six made threes. In Round 2 against the Spurs, Lillard averaged 19.8 points, 6.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds across five games.

2012

The sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Lillard made an immediate impact in Portland. He started at point guard on opening night and never relinquished the job, going on to average 19.0 points, 6.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 38.6 minutes per game. Lillard appeared in all 82 contests and played at least 30 minutes in every game, in turn becoming the first rookie to lead the NBA in total minutes since Elvin Hayes. In his first NBA game on Oct. 31, Lillard went for 23 points and 11 assists in a win over the Lakers. His 11 dimes were the most by a rookie in a debut since Jason Kidd in 1994. Lillard set the franchise record for made three-pointers in a season and broke the NBA record for most made threes by a rookie. Lillard also became just the third rookie in NBA history to record 1,500 points and 500 assists in a season. He led all rookies in scoring and assists and was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for every month. Lillard became the fourth player ever to unanimously win the Rookie of the Year Award, joining Blake Griffin, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson for that distinction. At All-Star Weekend, Lillard won the Skills Challenge and participated in the Rising Stars Challenge, in which he scored 18 points to go with five assists and three rebounds. Lillard was named to the All-Rookie First Team, and at season's end he ranked fifth in the NBA in made threes, fourth in three-point attempts, 10th in total assists, ninth in total points, 12th in points per game and 17th in assists per game.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a five-year contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a four-year, supermax contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Spectacular as his first four pro campaigns were, Lillard found a way to take it to another level last season, generating career-best numbers in multiple categories. The All-Star point guard posted new high-water marks in points (27.0), rebounds (4.9), shooting percentage (44.4) and free-throw percentage (89.4), while also putting up solid assist numbers (5.9). Despite the Trail Blazers’ season ending in a disappointing and unexpected four-game sweep at the hands of the Pelicans in the conference quarterfinals, expectations will be high in Portland once again for the 2018-19 season, with Lillard naturally remaining the franchise’s centerpiece. Seth Curry was added during the offseason and has a chance to serve as his primary backup at the point, but given Lillard’s iron-man reputation, he’s still likely to average minutes in the mid-30s as he has throughout his career thus far. With the same starting five expected to return, Lillard’s level of offensive responsibility – which led to 19.4 shot attempts per game last season – should also sustain.
Lillard signed a five-year, $140 million max contract extension prior to the 2016-17 campaign and while the extra security for his long term future was surely comforting, it didn't slow down his production on the court. He ended up putting together his best offensive performance over five years in the league, shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from the three-point line to give him a career-high 27.0 points. That scoring total was up from 25.1 points per contest a season prior, while his overall field goal percentage increased slightly from 41 percent. In addition to the 27.0 points, Lillard added averages of 4.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.9 three-pointers across 35.9 minutes, with the boards marking a new career high and the three-pointers putting him at eighth in the league. Still, Lillard was left off the NBA All-Star roster for the second year in a row after being selected in both 2014 and 2015, while also being ousted in the first round of the playoffs to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors. That should only add extra motivation for what is expected to be another huge season for Lillard, who's still only 27 years old and should have his best basketball ahead of him. The Trail Blazers didn't add any big name free agents in the offseason that could threaten Lillard's offensive workload and he's going to have the green light as always to take his shots. He's still one of the top scoring point guards in the league, but his value would increase if he showed improvement in his assist totals (20th in NBA last season). Having Jusuf Nurkic for a full season and an improving C.J. McCollum back could certainly do the trick, so Lillard may have the chance to up his status as a distributor. He'll be locked in as a top-10 point guard and could crack the top-5 if he continues to add more all-around production to his already stellar scoring totals.
The Blazers were expected to be in rebuilding mode in 2015-16 following LaMarcus Aldridge’s departure for the Spurs, but Lillard and to a lesser degree, backcourt mate C.J. McCollum, ensured that wouldn’t be the case, leading the Blazers to the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Without Aldridge around to share the load, Lillard’s usage rate climbed, and that translated to career-high averages in points (25.1 per game) and assists (6.8) along with a franchise-record 229 three-pointers. Had Lillard not suffered from a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot in late December, which sidelined him for seven games -- the first time he’d missed any games in his four-year career -- his statistical output would have been even more impressive. Perhaps the only downside of Lillard settling in as the franchise player was his decline in shooting accuracy as the season wore on, as the 26-year-old finished with a career-low 41.9 percent mark from the field. The Blazers seem content to deal with some bad shooting nights every now and then from Lillard, who proved fully capable of taking games over when his shot was falling, turning in five 40-point outings across the regular season and playoffs. Even with the Blazers bolstering their roster by adding Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli in free agency and retaining Allen Crabbe, Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard, Lillard isn’t expected to sacrifice many shots during the 2016-17 season, so the team’s hopes will again largely rest on his shoulders. Lillard’s tremendous production in the points, assists and three-pointers categories combined with his historical reliability on the health front should make him a worthy target in the first two rounds of most fantasy leagues.
Nary an NBA organization has endured a talent drain on the scale of the Blazers this offseason, as veteran presences LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio), Wesley Matthews (Dallas), Robin Lopez (New York), and Nicolas Batum (Charlotte) have taken their talents elsewhere, either via free agency or trade. With the preceding in tow last season, Lillard averaged 21.0 points (on 43 percent shooting), 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals in 36 minutes. Digging deeper, he offset a career-low 34-percent clip from three-point range with new-found finishing ability around the hoop, hitting 64 percent from within three feet, which helped the point guard maintain a true-shooting percentage within the norm established in his first two campaigns (56 percent overall). Becoming the focus of opposing defenses could curtail some of his efficiency, but coach Terry Stotts is apt to ride Lillard with no other established offensive force on the roster. Of utmost concern is how Lillard will mesh with upwards of 10 new teammates, most of whom boast one-dimensional games. If his scoring achieves new heights, as expected, a dip in his nightly assist offerings could very well be one of the side effects.
Damian Lillard emerged as a bonafide star in his second season in the league, averaging 20.7 points (on 42-percent shooting), 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 36 minutes per game. Despite logging nearly three fewer minutes per game, the first-time All-Star increased his efficiency by improving his three-pointers made from 2.3 to 2.7, while still boosting his efficiency from beyond the arc (37 to 39 percent). Moreover, Lillard's decision-making improved in lockstep, as he posted a 2.33 AST/TO versus his rookie mark of 2.17. While it isn't necessarily reflected in his overall line, the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year leaves much to be desired on the defensive end of the court. In any case, his primary offseason aim, improving his conditioning, may actually be achieved by failing to land a roster spot on Team USA and avoiding the extra miles placed on a player in international play.
Damian Lillard – from noted basketball power Weber State – took the NBA by storm in his first season, posting averages of 19.0 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 boards while shooting over 42 percent from the floor and 84 percent from the free-throw line. That performance earned him much-deserved Rookie of the Year honors. What can we expect from Lillard in his sophomore campaign? The Blazers are hoping for even more – and less. As impressive as he was on the offensive end last season, the word "sieve" comes up entirely too often in assessments of his defense. You can expect that to be a big offseason priority – Portland even discussed having Lillard work out with Hall-of-Famer Gary Payton – and while steals aren't an ideal measure of a basketball player's defensive prowess, it seems fair to expect his average (0.9 steals last season) to increase. On the other hand, one of the reasons Lillard put up such impressive numbers was usage – he logged a staggering 389 mpg last season – second-most in the league. The Blazers would like to reduce his workload a bit this year, which is one reason they used the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft on C.J. McCollum and added veteran guard Mo Williams in free agency. Ideally, the efficiency that comes from a year's experience in the league will offset any loss of playing time.
Lillard was named the co-MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League after averaging an impressive 26.5 points (on 43.8 percent shooting), 5.3 dimes, and 4.0 rebounds in four contests. In the process, he dazzled the crowd with a smooth stroke from outside and an ability to finish at the rim through contact, while also excelling in the pick-and-roll. If he establishes instant chemistry with Aldridge the All-Star, Lillard’s ample minutes load and status as Portland’s unquestioned floor general could result in an interesting Rookie of the Year conversation.
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Leaving bubble for examination
GPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
August 26, 2020
Lillard will depart the NBA bubble and return to Portland on Thursday for further examination on his sprained right knee.
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Out for Game 5
GPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
August 25, 2020
Lillard has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee and will not play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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MRI results inconclusive
GPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
August 24, 2020
Lillard (knee) underwent an MRI following Monday's 135-115 loss to the Lakers in Game 4, but the results were inconclusive.
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Out for remainder of Game 4
GPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
August 24, 2020
Lillard has been ruled out for the second half of Monday's Game 4 against the Lakers after suffering a right knee injury, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Scores 34 points in Game 3
GPortland Trail Blazers
August 23, 2020
Lillard registered 34 points (8-20 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 13-14 FT), seven assists and five rebounds in 43 minutes during Saturday's 116-108 Game 3 loss against the Lakers.
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