Lillard turned in the best stats season of his career in his eighth NBA campaign. Across 66 regular-season games (all starts) for Portland, Lillard averaged career highs with 30.0 points per game and 8.0 assists while adding 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals. The Weber State product played a career-high 37.5 minutes per game while setting career bests in field-goal percentage (46.3) and three-point percentage (40.1). Lillard came out of the gates on fire, averaging 32.5 points over his first 11 games, headlined by a 60-point outburst against the Nets on Nov. 8. Later on, Lillard went on another memorable offensive run, scoring at least 34 points in eight straight games between Jan. 17 and Feb. 1. In that span, Lillard topped 40 points five times and 50 points three times, including a 61-point explosion in a win over Golden State. Over that eight-game stretch, Lillard averaged 45.1 points, 9.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds. He notched the first triple-double of his career Jan. 29 against Houston, finishing with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Lillard was selected to his fifth All-Star Game, though he was unable to participate due to a groin injury he suffered in the final game before the break. Lillard made his return to action on Mar. 4 with 22 points in a blowout win over the Wizards. He appeared in three more games before the NBA suspended its season Mar. 11. Once the season restarted in Orlando, Lillard took his game to another level, posting 37.6 points, 9.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals across the Blazers’ eight seeding games. During that span, Lillard converted 5.5 three-pointers per game at a 43.6 percent clip. Over the final five seeding games, Lillard posted scoring totals of 45, 22, 51, 61, and 42 points, helping the Blazers claim the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. In Game 1 of Portland’s first-round series against the Lakers, Lillard erupted for 34 points, including six three-pointers. He matched that scoring total in Game 3 while hitting 13-of-14 attempts from the free throw line. At season’s end, Lillard ranked third in the NBA in points per game, fifth in assists per game, fifth in PER (26.9), and 14th in usage rate (30.3 percent). For his remarkable efforts, Lillard was named to the All-NBA Second Team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.