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Damian Lillard
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Lillard during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Full name Damian Lamonte Lillard
Born July 15, 1990 (1990-07-15) (age 31)
Oakland, California
Nationality Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
No. 0 – Portland Trail Blazers
Position Point guard
League NBA
Career information
High school St. Joseph Notre Dame
(Alameda, California)
Oakland
(Oakland, California)
College Weber State (2008-2012)
NBA Draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 2012-present (9 years)
Career history
2012-present Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
  • 6x NBA All-Star (2014, 2015, 2018-21)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2013)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)
  • NBA Skills Challenge champion (2013)
  • NBA Rising Star (2013, 2014)
  • All NBA Third Team (2014)
  • All NBA Second Team (2016, 2019, 2020)
  • All NBA First Team (2018)
  • 2× Big Sky Conference Player of the Year (2010, 2012)
  • AP All-American Third Team (2012)

Damian Lamonte Lillard (born July 15, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He played college basketball for Weber State University and was selected as the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft after scoring the second most points in Weber State history. Lillard was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year two times, in both his sophomore and redshirt junior years.

Early Life

Lillard says his toughness comes from growing up in Oakland, which has produced several NBA players in Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Brian Shaw, J.R. Rider and House.

High School

During his sophomore year, Lillard transferred to St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, a private school that produced former NBA point guard Jason Kidd, but by year's end, he looked to transfer again due to the lack of playing time. Lillard played for coach Orlando Watkins at Oakland High School his final two years of high school where he was first-team all-league. As a junior at Oakland, he averaged 19.4 points per game. He averaged 22.4 points and 5.2 assists per game his senior season and led Oakland to a 23-9 record. Lillard's development also grew during the summer of 2007 playing for Oakland's premier Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball program, the Oakland Rebels. Lillard was a great player for Oakland High School but wasn’t invited to play for the AAU Oakland Soldiers, whose alumni include LeBron James, Leon Powe, Chauncey Billups, Drew Gordon, Eddie House, and Kendrick Perkins. Lillard wasn’t heavily recruited by college powerhouses: Only Weber State, Fullerton State, Bradley, Wichita State, and Washington State made scholarship offers. He chose the small school in Ogden, Utah, primarily because it offered him a scholarship first. Lillard would accept the only scholarship he was offered from Weber State University, a mid-major school located in Ogden, UT.

College

Lillard played for Weber State, a Big Sky Conference school that has produced three NBA players since 1995. Lillard led the NCAA in scoring before finishing second with an average of 24.5 points per game. The 2012 Big Sky Most Valuable Player led Weber State to a 25-7 record while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range. He also showed surprising athleticism for his size by throwing down alley-oop dunks. Lillard was rarely shown on television, but he was scouted heavily in college. Lillard was projected to be between the 10th and 20th pick of the 2012 NBA draft, but quickly shot up and was projected as the best point guard in the draft.

NBA

Lillard made his Playoffs debut in 2014. His rookie season, the Trail Blazers barely missed the playoffs.

In his first playoff series, Lillard and the Trail Blazers faced off against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The series was a hard fought one, as Portland took Game's 1,3, and 5. It all came down to Game 6 of the series. Chandler Parsons managed to make a layup under the basket after the ball fumbled around with 0.9 seconds on the clock. It was Lillard's time to shine.

Lillard got the ball at the top of the three point line and quickly released it. Lillard sank the three and beat the buzzer to put Portland up by one, helping the franchise to win their first playoff series since 2000. Lillard finished the game with 25 points, 3 steals, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, and a steal.

Despite a heroic effort in the first round, Lillard and the Blazers were beaten in the second round by the eventual NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs.

The Blazers secured the fourth seed in the West in 2015, but were defeated in five by the Memphis Grizzlies.