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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard (2024)
Lillard with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2024.
No. 0 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position: Point Guard
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr.
Born: July 15, 1990 (1990-07-15) (age 34)
Oakland, California
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2012 for the Portland Trail Blazers
Career information
High school: Arroyo
(San Lorenzo, California)
St. Joseph Notre Dame
(Alameda, California)
Oakland
(Oakland, California)
College: Weber State (20082012)
NBA Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career: 2012–present (12 years)
Career history
20122023 Portland Trail Blazers
2023–present Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing the Flag of the United States United States
Olympic Games
Olympic Gold Medal Gold 2020 Tokyo

Damian Lamonte Ollie "Dame" Lillard Sr. (born July 15, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Weber State Wildcats and earned third–team All–American honors in 2012. After being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Lillard was unanimously voted the NBA Rookie of the Year. Nicknamed "Dame Time" for his history of making big shots in the clutch, he has received eight NBA All–Star and seven All–NBA Team selections, the only player in Trail Blazers franchise history to do so. In October 2021, Lillard was honored as one of the league's greatest players of all time by being named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. He also won a gold medal on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo.

Using the stage name Dame D.O.L.L.A., Lillard has enjoyed moderate success as a rapper. His first studio album, The Letter O (2016), charted on the Billboard 200, while his second and third albums, Confirmed (2017) and Big D.O.L.L.A. (2019), placed on the indie charts. In 2021, he released a fourth album, Different On Levels The Lord Allowed.

High school career[]

Lillard began his high school career at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California, and joined the varsity starting lineup as a 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) freshman. He sought to transfer when his coach did not return to the team. For his sophomore year, Lillard transferred to St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, the same private school that had produced former NBA Point Guard Jason Kidd; but by year's end, a lack of playing time prompted Lillard to transfer schools yet again. He went on to play for coach Orlando Watkins at Oakland High School, where he was First Team All–League his junior and senior years. Over his junior campaign, Lillard averaged 19.4 points a night. As a senior, he averaged 22.4 points and 5.2 assists per game while leading the Oakland Wildcats to a 23–9 record.

Regarded only as a two–star prospect by Rivals.com, Lillard was not heavily recruited out of high school, but he accepted a scholarship offer to play for Weber State, a Big Sky Conference program in Ogden, Utah. According to Lillard, Weber State was the first college basketball program to show any interest in him when head coach Randy Rahe showed up in person to watch Lillard play a game in Texas during his junior year of high school. Lillard chose to attend Weber State in Utah in part because he wanted to get away from his violent Oakland neighborhood. He had received competing offers from schools including Wichita State, Saint Mary's, and San Diego State.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Damian Lillard

PG

Oakland, California Oakland High 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lbs (75 kg) Sept 26, 2007
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: 2 stars Rivals: 2 stars 247Sports: 3 stars ESPN grade: 85
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 100 (PG) ESPN: 48 (PG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100–point scale.

Sources:

College career[]

As a freshman at Weber State, Lillard averaged 11.5 points per game and was named the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year and first–team All–Big Sky. In his sophomore year, he raised his scoring average to 19.9 points per game and led the Wildcats to the Conference Championship. At the end of the season, Lillard was named Big Sky Player of the Year as well as honorable mention All–American by the Associated Press.

In 2010–11, Lillard led the Big Sky in scoring with 19.7 points per contest before suffering a foot injury ten games into the season that forced him to take a medical redshirt and sidelined him for the rest of the year.

As a redshirt junior, Lillard averaged 24.5 points and led the nation in scoring throughout most of the year, but ended up finishing second to Oakland University's Reggie Hamilton. On December 3, 2011, against San Jose State, Lillard scored a college career–high 41 points, including a game–clinching three-point play to give Weber State a 91–89 double–overtime win. At the end of the year, he was named to his third first–team All–Conference Selection and won his second Big Sky Player of the Year Award. Lillard was also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.

Widely regarded as the top Point Guard prospect in the country, Lillard decided to skip his senior season to enter the 2012 NBA Draft. He finished his college career as the No. 2 scorer in Weber State history (1,934 points) and the No. 5 scorer in Big Sky history.

He completed his degree in professional sales from Weber State University in May 2015.

Professional career[]

Portland Trail Blazers (2012–2023)[]

2012–13 season: Rookie of the Year[]

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Lillard in January 2013.

Lillard was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. In the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 31, Lillard recorded 23 points and 11 assists to join Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson as the only players in NBA history with at least 20 points and 10 assists in their NBA debut. In addition, his 11 assists were the most by an NBA rookie in his first game since Jason Kidd (11) in 1994, and the most ever by a Trail Blazer in his NBA debut. Lillard made a career–high 15 field goals and a Trail Blazer rookie–record seven 3–pointers on January 11 against the Golden State Warriors, where he finished with 37 points, six rebounds, and four assists. He became the first Trail Blazer to win an event at the NBA All-Star Weekend, winning the Skills Challenge. He also participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during All–Star Weekend and finished with 18 points, three rebounds and five assists in a game–high 28 minutes. Lillard became the first NBA rookie to record 35 points, nine assists, and zero turnovers in a game since turnovers became a stat in 1978–79 against the San Antonio Spurs on March 8. On April 10 against the Lakers, Lillard scored a season–high 38 points. He earned Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for every month, becoming one of just eight players to sweep NBA Rookie of the Month honors since the inaugural award in 1981–82. He finished fifth in the NBA in 3–pointers made, 12th in points per game, tied for 16th in assists per game and tied for 23rd in free–throw percentage. He was one of 10 NBA players to score 1,500 points, and he led all rookies in scoring (19.0 ppg), assists (6.5 apg), field goals (553), and free–throws (271).

Damian Lillard shoots over Draymond Green

Lillard attempts a jump shot over Draymond Green in January 2013.

With averages of 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.90 steals, and 38.6 minutes in 82 games (all starting), Lillard not only claimed the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, but joined Ralph Sampson (1984), David Robinson (1990), and Blake Griffin (2011) as the only unanimous winners. He also joined Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson as the only rookies in NBA history to tally in excess of 1,500 points and 500 assists for a season. Lillard became the fourth Trail Blazer in franchise history to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors and one of two to ever finish a season with at least 1,500 points and 500 assists (the other being Clyde Drexler in 1986–87 and 1991–92). Among other distinctions, he broke the all–time NBA rookie record for 3–pointers in a season (185), surpassing Stephen Curry's 166 three–pointers in 2009–10; became the Portland franchise leader for most 3–point field goals in a season, breaking Damon Stoudamire's record of 181 in 2004–05; and became the first rookie to lead the NBA in total minutes played (3,167) since Elvin Hayes in 1968–69.

2013–14 season: First All–Star and All–NBA selection[]

In the season opener on October 30, Lillard scored 32 points against the Phoenix Suns. He had a second 32–point effort on December 7 against the Dallas Mavericks. On December 17, he had 36 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The following day, he had a second straight 36–point effort against the Minnesota Timberwolves. On January 7, in a 123–119 loss to the Sacramento Kings, Lillard scored a career–high 41 points, including 26 in the fourth quarter to break Portland's franchise record for most points in any quarter. On February 7, he had a 38–point effort against the Indiana Pacers. During All–Star Weekend, Lillard became the first player in NBA history to take part in five events during the All–Star festivities: the Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, Three–Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest, and the All–Star Game.

Lillard started all 82 games for the second straight year and averaged 20.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. Portland finished fifth in the Western Conference with a 54–28 record and faced the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2014 Playoffs. In Game 1 of the series, Lillard recorded 31 points and nine rebounds in his first playoff appearance to help propel Portland to a 122–120 overtime win over Houston. In Game 6 of the series, Lillard became the first player to make a buzzer–beating shot over Chandler Parsons to win a playoff series since Utah's John Stockton against Houston in 1997. Lillard's 3–pointer as time expired gave Portland a 99–98 victory over Houston, as he finished with 25 points to lift the Trail Blazers to their first playoff series win since 2000. The Trail Blazers went on to lose in five games to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in the second round. Lillard had a series–best game in Game 4 with a 25–point effort, helping the Trail Blazers win their sole game of the series. At the season's end, Lillard was named to the All–NBA Third Team.

2014–15 season: First division title[]

For the third straight season, Lillard started all 82 games for the Trail Blazers. He averaged career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and field goal percentage, but averaged a career–low 34 percent from three–point range. He shot well during the first two months of the season, before struggling with his shot from January onwards. Despite this, he set the record for most three–pointers in a player's first three seasons, led the team in Win Shares, and finished second in PER. On December 19, 2014, he scored a career–high 43 points in a 129–119 triple-overtime win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Four days later, he had a 40–point effort against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On January 5, 2015, he had a 39–point effort against the Los Angeles Lakers. On February 8, 2015, Lillard was selected as a replacement for the injured Blake Griffin in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. On March 4, 2015, Lillard recorded a career–high 18 rebounds in a 98–93 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Trail Blazers finished the regular season as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with a 51–31 record. They faced the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs, where they lost in five games. Lillard shot 16 percent from three–point range during the series, hitting just 5–of–31 including going 0–of–6 in Game 1.

2015–16 season: Franchise player[]

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Lillard being defended by Russell Westbrook in January 2016.

On July 9, 2015, Lillard signed a five–year, $120 million contract extension with the Trail Blazers. On October 28, 2015, Lillard recorded 21 points and 11 assists in a season–opening win over the New Orleans Pelicans. His one three–pointer made during the game was his 600th career three–point field goal, making him the fastest NBA player in history to reach the mark at 247 games. In addition, Lillard's 11 assists gave him 1,500 for his career, making him the fastest Trail Blazer to reach the milestone since Terry Porter (1987–88 season, 215 games). In the following game on October 30 against the Phoenix Suns, Lillard became the fastest player to reach 5,000 points and 1,500 assists (248 games) since Derrick Rose (240 games). On December 12, in a loss to the New York Knicks, Lillard became the first Blazer since Clyde Drexler in 1991–92 to record 600 points and 150 assists during the team's first 25 games. On December 21, Lillard missed the first game of his career with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, ending his streak of playing in 275 consecutive games. Backcourt partner C.J. McCollum also missed the game, leaving the Trail Blazers without their two leading scorers to face the Atlanta Hawks, subsequently losing the game 106–97. He missed a further six games with the injury, returning to action on January 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies and recording 17 points and 7 assists in a 91–78 loss. On January 8, he scored a then season–high 40 points in a loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. On January 18, in a win over the Washington Wizards, he hit his 2,000th NBA field goal, one of only eight players to reach that mark since he entered the league in 2012–13. On January 26, in a win over the Sacramento Kings, Lillard posted 15 points and 13 assists for his 10th double–double of the season, a career high.

On February 19, he scored a career–high 51 points in a 137–105 win over the Warriors. He became the first player in NBA history to have at least 50 points, seven assists, and six steals since the steal became an official statistic in 1973–74. Two days later, he scored 30 points against the Utah Jazz, becoming the first Blazer to score at least 30 points in four consecutive games since Drexler accomplished the feat in 1991. He extended that streak to five in the team's following game on February 23 against the Brooklyn Nets. Over his first 300 games in the NBA, Lillard averaged 21.2 points and 6.2 assists per game. Only four other players in NBA history averaged 21 points and six assists over their first 300 games: Oscar Robertson (30.2 and 10.3), Nate Archibald (24.5 and 8.4), LeBron James (26.7 and 6.4) and Dwyane Wade (24.0 and 6.4). On March 4, he had his second 50–point game of the season in a 117–115 loss to the Toronto Raptors. On March 8, Lillard had 41 points and 11 assists in a 116–109 overtime win over the Wizards, recording his 15th straight game with 20–plus points. He also had his 400th assist of the season, making him the first Trail Blazer with 400–plus assists in each of his first four seasons. In the Trail Blazers' season finale on April 13 against the Denver Nuggets, Lillard hit his 827th career three–pointer, besting Wesley Matthews' Portland franchise record of 826. Lillard finished the regular season with an average of 25.1 points per game, while C.J. McCollum averaged 20.8 – making them the first backcourt in Blazers' history to average 20 or more points apiece. Lillard also became the third Blazer to average 25–plus points, joining Drexler and Kiki Vandeweghe. In the 2016 MVP Race, he finished 8th in total points received, scoring 26 points out of a possible 1310 points. After defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, the Trail Blazers moved on to face the Warriors in the second round. In Game 3 of the series, Lillard recorded 40 points and 10 assists to help the Trail Blazers win 120–108, cutting the Warriors' advantage in the series to 2–1. The Trail Blazers went on to lose the series to the series in five games.

2016–17 season: Magic Johnson Award[]

In the Trail Blazers' season opener on October 25, 2016, Lillard recorded 39 points on 13–of–20 shooting, as well as 9 rebounds and 6 assists in a 113–104 win over the Utah Jazz. With his first assist of the night, Lillard passed Jim Paxson for sixth on the franchise career list (2,008). Four days later, he scored 37 points, including the go–ahead floater with less than a second remaining in overtime, to lead the Trail Blazers to a 115–113 win over the Denver Nuggets. With 27 points against the Phoenix Suns on November 2, Lillard became the first NBA player to score 27 or more points in each of his team's first five games since Kobe Bryant in 2005–06. Lillard's 163 points in the season's first five games are the most ever by a Blazer to start a season. Two days later, Lillard scored 27 of his then season–high 42 points in the second half of the Trail Blazers' 105–95 win over the Dallas Mavericks. With 38 points on November 8 against Phoenix, Lillard had 262 points over the first eight games of the season, the most through the first eight games of a season in franchise history. It was also the most by an NBA player since Bryant had 264 through the first eight in 2009–10. Lillard amassed a team–record 695 points in the Blazers' first 25 games of the season, eclipsing Clyde Drexler's previous mark of 681 in 1988.

He went on to miss five games between December 26 and January 4 after spraining his left ankle against San Antonio on December 23. On January 28 against Golden State, Lillard reached 8,000 career points, becoming the 11th Blazer to hit the mark and joined Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only three players to reach 8,000 points and 2,000 assists in their first five seasons. On March 19, Lillard scored a season–high 49 points, tied a career–high with nine three–pointers, and carried the Trail Blazers past the Miami Heat, 115–104. On April 3, 2017, he was named Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in March. Behind Lillard, the Trail Blazers went an NBA–best 13–3 in March to surge into eighth place in the Western Conference. Lillard ranked third in the NBA in scoring (29.1 ppg) and tied for fourth in three–pointers made (55) to go with 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.44 steals in 16 games. Five days later, Lillard scored a franchise–record 59 points and matched his career–high with nine three–pointers to lead the Trail Blazers to a 101–86 win over the Jazz. It was Lillard's 27th game of the season with 30 or more points, a franchise–high. He also became the fifth Blazer to score 2,000–plus points in a season.

After being 10 games under .500 at the All–Star break, Lillard helped the Trail Blazers to an 18–8 late–season surge to earned them the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with a 41–41 record. They faced the Golden State Warriors for the second straight year in the playoffs, this time in the first round. Portland went on to lose the series to the eventual champion in a clean sweep despite Lillard's 34–point effort in Game 4. For the series, Lillard averaged 27.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 43% from the field, 28% from behind the arc, and 96% from the free–throw line. On May 2, 2017, he was named the recipient of the Magic Johnson Award for the 2016–17 season, which honors the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public.

2017–18 season: All–NBA First Team selection[]

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Lillard in 2018.

On October 28, 2017, in a 114–107 win over the Phoenix Suns, Lillard reached the 9,000–point milestone during the third quarter. With 402 career games, Lillard became the fastest Blazer to score 9,000 points. On November 15, he had 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in a 99–94 win over the Orlando Magic. During the game, he surpassed Mychal Thompson (9,215 points) for eighth on the franchise's all–time scoring leaders list. On November 27, he scored 32 points in a 103–91 win over the New York Knicks. He finished the game on 2,575 career assists, moving him past Rod Strickland into fourth place on Portland's career assists list. Lillard also joined Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter as the only players in franchise history in the top 10 in scoring and top five in assists. On December 9, he tied a franchise record with nine 3–pointers and scored 35 points in a 124–117 loss to the Houston Rockets. Two days later, he scored a then season–high 39 points with five 3–pointers in a 111–104 loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Lillard dealt with a hamstring injury late in December before straining his right calf in early January. On January 12, he scored 23 points in a 119–113 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. He moved into seventh in franchise history in scoring with 9,753 points, passing Geoff Petrie (9,732). On January 22, Lillard was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played January 15–21. It was his fourth career Player of the Week nod. A day later, he was named a Western Conference All–Star reserve.

On February 2, he scored 32 points in a 130–105 loss to the Toronto Raptors, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach 10,000 points for his career. He became the eighth player to get 10,000 points and 2,500 assists in his first six seasons, joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Nate Archibald, Pete Maravich, Dave Bing, and Oscar Robertson. On February 9, in a 118–100 win over the Sacramento Kings, Lillard scored a season–high 50 points in 29 minutes—the fourth 50–point game of his career. He scored 22 points in the third quarter before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. He shot 16–of–26 from the field with eight 3–pointers to go with 10–of–10 free throws. On February 14, he had 44 points and eight assists in a 123–117 win over the Warriors. On February 24, he hit a go–ahead lay–up with 0.9 seconds left and finished with a game–high 40 points in a 106–104 win over the Suns. Nineteen of his 40 points came in the fourth quarter, as he helped the Trail Blazers rally from 15 down in the final 7½ minutes. In five games between February 9 and 24, Lillard scored 197 points—the most points for a Blazer over a five–game stretch in franchise history. Lillard averaged 31.4 points per game in February, clinching the highest–scoring average for any month in Portland history. He passed Geoff Petrie's record of 30.4 points in March 1971.

On March 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lillard made at least one 3–pointer in his 45th straight game, setting a franchise record. With nine assists on March 15 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lillard became the third player in league history to have 1,500–plus points and 400–plus assists in each of his first six seasons. On March 20 against Houston, Lillard's franchise–record streak of 52 games with a 3–pointer ended. In the Trail Blazers' season finale on April 11, Lillard recorded 36 points and 10 assists in a 102–93 win over the Utah Jazz. The win earned the Trail Blazers the third seed in the playoffs with a 49–33 record. Lillard finished the regular season tied for fourth in scoring average in the NBA (26.9)—Drexler was the last Blazer to rank among the league's five best in scoring when he finished fourth during the 1991–92 season (25.0). For the season, he was named to the All–NBA First Team, becoming the third player in franchise history to earn All–NBA First Team honors, joining Bill Walton (1977–78) and Clyde Drexler (1991–92). Additionally, he placed 4th in the 2018 MVP Race, winning 207.0 of the 1010 possible points. In Game 4 of the Trail Blazers' first–round playoff series against the Pelicans, Lillard scored 19 points in a 131–123 loss. The loss eliminated Portland from the playoffs, as they lost the series in a four–game sweep. Lillard never scored more than 20 in the series and was held below that three times.

2018–19 season: Western Conference Finals[]

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Lillard in 2019.

In the Trail Blazers' season opener on October 18, 2018, Lillard scored a game–high 28 points in a 128–119 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On October 25, he scored 34 of his 41 points in the second half of the Trail Blazers' 128–114 win over the Orlando Magic. On October 27, he scored 42 points in a 120–111 loss to the Miami Heat, eclipsing the 11,000–point mark. On November 16, he had five assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves to pass Damon Stoudamire (3,018) for third on the team's career list. Two days later, he scored 40 points in a 119–109 win over the Washington Wizards. On November 28, he scored 41 points and set a franchise record with ten 3–pointers in a 115–112 win over the Magic. His seven 3–pointers in the third were a franchise record for a quarter. On December 17, he scored 22 of his 39 points in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers' 131–127 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. On December 27, he hit a go–ahead 3–pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points in a 110–109 win over the two–time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Two days later, he hit six 3–pointers and scored 40 points in a 115–105 loss to the Warriors. It was his fifth 40–point game of the season, tying a career high. On January 14, in a 115–107 loss to the Sacramento Kings, Lillard scored 35 points to become the fastest player in Portland history to reach 12,000 for his career. Additionally, Lillard scored in double figures in his 184th consecutive game, breaking a tie with Clyde Drexler for the franchise record. With 24 points against the Phoenix Suns on January 24, Lillard reached 1,311 points for the season, the most by any Portland player through 50 games.

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Lillard during the 2019 All–Star Game.

On March 7, he scored a season–high 51 points in a 129–121 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On March 15, he scored 24 points in a 122–110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, becoming the second-leading scorer in franchise history, passing LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562) to sit behind only Drexler (18,040). With 31 points and 12 assists in a double–overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets on March 25, Lillard recorded his 20th career game of at least 30 points and 10 assists, passing Drexler for the most such games in franchise history (19). On April 1, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending March 31, marking the seventh weekly honor of his career and the first of the 2018–19 season. In April, he became the first Blazer to have 2,000 points and 500 assists in the same season, and the only Blazer besides Drexler to reach 2,000 points in two seasons with the team. He also passed his franchise record of 229 3–pointers set in the 2015–16 season and reached 1,500 for his career. Lillard placed 6th in the 2019 MVP race, receiving 69 of the 1,010 available points.

On April 23, Lillard hit a 37–foot, game–winning 3–pointer over Paul George at the buzzer and finished with a playoff career–high 50 points to help the Trail Blazers eliminate the Thunder from the playoffs in five games with a 118–115 victory. He had ten 3–pointers, breaking the franchise record. In Game 1 of the second round, Lillard scored 39 points in a 121–113 loss to the Denver Nuggets. In Game 6, he scored 32 points in a 119–108 win, helping the Trail Blazers tie the series against the Nuggets at 3–3. In the deciding Game 7, he scored 13 points on 3–of–17 shooting in a 100–96 win, advancing the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000. In Game 2 of the Conference Finals, Lillard separated his ribs, but continued to play through the pain for the rest of the series—a series the Trail Blazers lost in a four–game sweep to the Warriors.

2019–20 season: Career–high in assists per game[]

On November 8, 2019, Lillard recorded a then career–high 60 points, though it came in a loss to the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 115–119. He would surpass that on January 20, 2020, by scoring 61 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 7 assists in a 129–124 overtime win versus the Golden State Warriors. From January 20 through February 1, Lillard had a six–game stretch of averaging 48.8 points per game; he also recorded his first career triple–double on January 29 by registering 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 125–112 victory over the Houston Rockets. The historic scoring run earned him back–to–back Western Conference Player of the Week Awards. On January 30, Lillard was selected to his fifth All–Star nod, but was unable to participate due to a groin injury. He missed six games from February 21 to March 2. Lillard returned to play in the last four Blazers' games before the NBA hiatus due to the COVID–19 pandemic; during this span, he averaged 20.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest while shooting 40 percent from the field, 41.2 percent on 3–pointers, and 87.5 percent at the free–throw line.

On June 30, 2020, Lillard was selected to be the cover athlete for NBA 2K21. In Portland's fourth game in the Orlando bubble, upon returning from the four–month hiatus, Lillard recorded 45 points and 12 assists in a 125–115 win over the Denver Nuggets on August 6. Three days later, he would follow that up with a 51–point, 7–assist performance to lead the Trail Blazers to 124–121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. On August 11, Lillard erupted for 61 points, tying a career–high, and 8 assists en route to a 134–131 win over the Dallas Mavericks. This was his third 60–point outing of the season, joining Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players in league history to have such games three times in a single season. Lillard scored an NBA–high 37.6 points and 9.6 assists in the bubble's seeding games, leading Portland to a 6–2 record. He was voted the NBA Player of the Seeding Games. He placed 8th in the 2020 season MVP race, receiving 23 of the 1,010 available points.

2020–21 season: NBA Teammate of the Year[]

On January 30, 2021, Lillard scored a season–high 44 points, alongside a game–winning three at the buzzer, in a 123–122 win over the Chicago Bulls. On February 17, 2021, Lillard scored 43 points and tied a career–high 16 assists in a win against the New Orleans Pelicans. He became one of only 12 players in NBA history to have 40 points and 15 assists in a game. Lillard placed 7th in the 2021 MVP race, receiving 38 of the 1,010 available points. This marked the fifth time in six seasons that he had placed among the top 8 in MVP voting.

During Game 5 of the first round of the 2021 Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, Lillard scored a playoff career–high 55 points, behind an NBA Playoff record 12 made three–pointers, as well as 10 assists. Lillard hit game–tying threes near the end of regulation and near the end of the first overtime to keep Portland alive; however, the Nuggets rallied to a 147–140 double–overtime victory to take a 3–2 series lead. In Game 6, he had 29 points and 13 assists, but the Blazers lost to Denver 126–115, sending Portland home in the first round for the fourth time in five years.

2021–22 season: Injury and missing playoffs[]

On November 20, 2021, Lillard scored a season–high 39 points, along with 7 assists and 3 blocks, in a 118–111 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. On January 13, 2022, he underwent surgery for an abdominal injury and was ruled out 6–8 weeks.

On February 10, Blazers interim general manager Joe Cronin stated that Lillard would "most likely" not play again during the 2021–22 season. On March 21, Lillard was officially ruled out for the remainder of the season. This was the first time since Lillard's rookie season that Portland missed the playoffs, finishing the season with a 27–55 record.

2022–23 season: Comeback and career–high in scoring[]

After missing the final 47 games last season with injuries, Lillard scored 41 points in Portland's second and third games of the new season to lead them to a 3–0 start. Lillard became one of eight players all–time to score at least 40 points twice in his team's first three games of the season, a list that includes Wilt Chamberlain (three times) and Michael Jordan (three times). In the season opener at Sacramento, Lillard moved into the top 10 all–time three–point field goals made list. For his play, he was named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the 14th time in his career. His 14 Player of the Week honors are the most in Trail Blazers history. On December 19, Lillard scored 28 points in a 123–121 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he surpassed Clyde Drexler (18,040) to become the franchise's all–time scoring leader.

On January 12, 2023, Lillard scored a then season–high 50 points in a 119–113 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was his 15th career game with 50 or more points. He joined James Harden and Stephen Curry as the only three players over the past 10 seasons with 10 or more 50–point games. on January 23, Lillard hit his 2,283rd career three–pointer, passing Jason Terry for 7th on the NBA's all–time list in the Blazers' 147–127 against the San Antonio Spurs. In the following game on January 25, Lillard had a then season–high 60 points, hitting nine 3–pointers, along with seven rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in a 134–124 win over the Utah Jazz. He became just the fifth player in NBA history to score 60 points at least four times in the regular season, joining a group that includes Wilt Chamberlain (32), Kobe Bryant (6), James Harden (4), and Michael Jordan (4). Lillard also became the first player in NBA history with three career games of at least 60/5/5 and he posted the highest true shooting percentage ever in a 60–point game (.898). Additionally, he hit his 2,291st career three–pointer, surpassing Vince Carter for 6th on the NBA's all–time list. On February 2, Lillard recorded his second career triple–double with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 125–122 win over the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. On February 18, Lillard won the Three–Point Contest. A day later, he scored the game–winning 3–pointer in the 2023 All–Star Game, giving Team Giannis their first (and only) All–Star Game victory against Team LeBron. On February 26, Lillard scored a career–high and Blazers franchise–high 71 points with a career–high and Blazers franchise–high 13 three–pointers made along with six rebounds and six assists in a 131–114 win against the Houston Rockets, becoming the eighth player in NBA history to score 70 or more in a single game. He also has 15 games with 50 or more points, sixth–most in NBA history. On March 6, Lillard logged his third career triple–double with 31 points, a season–high 13 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 110–104 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Milwaukee Bucks (2023–present)[]

On September 27, 2023, Lillard was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three–team trade that sent Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, and a 2029 first–round draft pick to the Blazers, and Grayson Allen, Jusuf Nurkić, Nassir Little, and Keon Johnson to the Phoenix Suns. The Blazers also received the rights to swap first–round draft picks with Milwaukee in 2028 and 2030.

Lillard made his Bucks debut on October 26, 2023 against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 39 points, a franchise record for a debut, and grabbing eight rebounds in a 118–117 season-opening victory. On December 13, in a game against the Indiana Pacers, Lillard made his 2,451st career three–pointer, passing Kyle Korver for fifth on the NBA's all–time list. On December 17, Lillard recorded 39 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, and three steals in a 128–119 win over the Houston Rockets. On December 19, Lillard put up 40 points in a 132–119 win over the San Antonio Spurs and surpassed 20,000 career points. Lillard also became just the fourth player in league history after LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and James Harden to have 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, and 2,000 three–pointers.

On January 14, 2024, Lillard put up 29 points and eight assists alongside a buzzer–beating, game–winning three–pointer in a 143–142 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings. He became just the fifth player in NBA history to make at least 2,500 career three–pointers. On January 20, Lillard put up a season–high 45 points with five three–pointers made, six rebounds, and 11 assists in a 141–135 win over the Detroit Pistons. He became the first player in Bucks history to put up at least 40 points, 10 assists, and five three–pointers in a game. On January 25, Lillard was named an Eastern Conference starter for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game, marking his eighth selection overall and his first selection as a starter. During the All–Star Weekend, Lillard subsequently won the NBA Three–Point Contest, becoming the first back–to–back winner in over a decade. Lillard was also named the NBA All–Star Game MVP, with 39 points including 11 three–pointers. He was also the first player to win the All–Star Game MVP and Three–Point Contest in the same weekend. On March 8, in a 123–122 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard made his 2,561st career three–pointer, passing Reggie Miller for 4th on the NBA's all–time list. On March 17, Lillard had 31 points and tied his career–high with 16 assists in a 140–129 win over the Phoenix Suns.

In Game 1 of the Bucks' playoff series against the Pacers, Lillard scored a franchise record 35 points in the first half, leading them to a 109–94 victory, setting a Bucks record for points in either half of a playoff game. Lillard missed Games 4 and 5 of the series, due to an achiles injury suffered during Game 3. Milwaukee would ultimately fall to Indiana in six games, despite Lillard's 28–point outing in the 120–98 close–out Game 6 loss.

Career statistics[]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 *  Led the league

NBA[]

Regular season[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Portland 82* 82* 38.6 .429 .368 .844 3.1 6.5 .9 .2 19.0
2013–14 Portland 82 82* 35.8 .424 .394 .871 3.5 5.6 .8 .3 20.7
2014–15 Portland 82 82* 35.7 .434 .343 .864 4.6 6.2 1.2 .3 21.0
2015–16 Portland 75 75 35.7 .419 .375 .892 4.0 6.8 .9 .4 25.1
2016–17 Portland 75 75 35.9 .444 .370 .895 4.9 5.9 .9 .3 27.0
2017–18 Portland 73 73 36.6 .439 .361 .916 4.5 6.6 1.1 .4 26.9
2018–19 Portland 80 80 35.5 .444 .369 .912 4.6 6.9 1.1 .4 25.8
2019–20 Portland 66 66 37.5* .463 .401 .888 4.3 8.0 1.1 .3 30.0
2020–21 Portland 67 67 35.8 .451 .391 .928 4.2 7.5 .9 .3 28.8
2021–22 Portland 29 29 36.4 .402 .324 .878 4.1 7.3 .6 .4 24.0
2022–23 Portland 58 58 36.3 .463 .371 .914 4.8 7.3 .9 .3 32.2
2023–24 Milwaukee 73 73 35.3 .424 .354 .920 4.4 7.0 1.0 .2 24.3
Career 842 842 36.2 .438 .371 .897 4.2 6.7 1.0 .3 25.1
All–Star 7 1 20.4 .475 .424 1.000 2.9 2.9 1.0 .0 22.3

Play–In Tournament[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2020 Portland 1 1 44.9 .400 .357 1.000 2.0 10.0 1.0 .0 31.0
Career 1 1 44.9 .400 .357 1.000 2.0 10.0 1.0 .0 31.0

Playoffs[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Portland 11 11 42.3 .439 .386 .894 5.1 6.5 1.0 .1 22.9
2015 Portland 5 5 40.2 .406 .161 .781 4.0 4.6 .4 .6 21.6
2016 Portland 11 11 39.8 .368 .393 .910 4.3 6.3 1.3 .3 26.5
2017 Portland 4 4 37.7 .433 .281 .960 4.5 3.3 1.3 .5 27.8
2018 Portland 4 4 40.6 .352 .300 .882 4.5 4.8 1.3 .0 18.5
2019 Portland 16 16 40.6 .418 .373 .833 4.8 6.6 1.7 .3 26.9
2020 Portland 4 4 35.6 .406 .394 .970 3.5 4.3 .5 .3 24.3
2021 Portland 6 6 41.3 .463 .449 .940 4.3 10.2 1.0 .7 34.3
2024 Milwaukee 4 4 39.1 .420 .417 .974 3.3 5.0 1.0 .0 31.3
Career 65 65 40.2 .412 .373 .894 4.4 6.2 1.2 .3 26.1

College[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Weber State 31 26 29.4 .434 .374 .841 3.9 2.9 1.1 .2 11.5
2009–10 Weber State 31 31 34.3 .431 .393 .853 4.0 3.6 1.1 .1 19.9
2010–11 Weber State 10 9 28.5 .438 .345 .857 3.8 3.3 1.4 .2 17.7
2011–12 Weber State 32 32 34.5 .467 .409 .887 5.0 4.0 1.5 .2 24.5
Career 104 98 32.3 .446 .390 .867 4.3 3.5 1.2 .2 18.6

Awards and honors[]

NBA[]

USA Basketball[]

College[]

Personal life[]

Damian Lillard with fans

Lillard posing with fans in July 2012.

Lillard wears the jersey number No. 0, representative for the letter 'O' and his journey in life; from Oakland, to Ogden, and then Oregon. Lillard is a Christian; he has a scripture on his left arm of Psalms 37:1–3. Lillard's sister, LaNae, attended Lakeridge High School. His brother Houston, who earned a football scholarship to Southeast Missouri State after playing football in the junior college level at Laney College, is an Indoor Football League quarterback.

In 2020–21 season, he became a teammate of his cousin, Keljin Blevins.

On March 29, 2018, Lillard had his first child, a son named Damian Jr. They live in the affluent Portland suburb of West Linn. Lillard established a RESPECT Program to help high school kids in the Portland metro area graduate.

In 2012, Lillard signed a multi–year sponsorship deal with Adidas. In 2014, Lillard negotiated a new contract with Adidas potentially worth $100 million over 10 years. Lillard has a signature shoe line with Adidas, the "Adidas Dame". In 2017, Lillard signed a sponsorship deal with Powerade, a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company. Lillard also has endorsement deals with Spalding, Panini, Foot Locker, JBL, Biofreeze and Moda Health. In 2019, Lillard also became one of a number of NBA players to sign a contract with Hulu to promote the streaming service's new campaign of adding live sports to their repertoire.

Lillard revived the Never Worry Picnic in Brookfield Park after his standout rookie season in 2013. The East Oakland event was discontinued when he was at age 12.

In 2020, Lillard, along with longtime friend and business partner Brian Sanders, became co–owner of a Toyota dealership, now known as Damian Lillard Toyota, in McMinnville, Oregon.

In January 2021, Lillard had his second and third children after his fiancée Kay'La Hanson gave birth to twins, a daughter named Kali and a son named Kalii. In September 2021, Lillard married Hanson. However, by 2024, Lillard and Hanson were divorced.

Music career[]

Lillard is a hip–hop artist and rapper by the name of Dame D.O.L.L.A., which stands for Different On Levels the Lord Allows. He began rapping mainly to hang out in the car of his cousin Eugene "Baby" Vasquez, who moved to Oakland from New York City in the early 1990s. Another big influence on Lillard's rapping was his cousin Brookfield Duece, who had some success in the Oakland rap scene.

He started a social media trend called "Four Bar Friday" in which he, and anyone who chooses to participate, submits a video of themselves rapping a small verse on Instagram every Friday with the hashtag #4BarFriday. In July 2015, he released his first full length single, "Soldier in the Game", via the online music streaming site SoundCloud. On October 21, 2016, Lillard released his debut album The Letter O. On October 6, 2017, Lillard released his second album Confirmed. Lillard released his third album, Big D.O.L.L.A. on August 9, 2019, featuring guests Lil Wayne, Mozzy, and Jeremih. He now has his own record label, Front Page Music, which includes Brookfield Duece in its roster. Lillard's single "Kobe", which was released in September 2020 and features Snoop Dogg and Derrick Milano, is part of the soundtrack for NBA 2K21 as a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. Lillard featured in Hong Kong boy group Mirror's single "Day 0", which was released on April 10, 2024.

Discography[]

Studio albums[]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
Indie
US
R&B/HH
The Letter O 119 13 7
Confirmed
  • Released: October 6, 2017
  • Label: Front Page Music
  • Format: Digital download
18
Big D.O.L.L.A.
  • Released: August 9, 2019
  • Label: Front Page Music
  • Format: Digital download
12
Different On Levels The Lord Allowed
  • Released: August 20, 2021
  • Label: Front Page Music
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[]

As lead artist[]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
Bigger Than Us 2015 Non–album single
Run It Up
(featuring Lil Wayne)
2017 Confirmed
Shot Clock
(featuring Dupre)
Non–album singles
Bossed Up
Reign Reign Go Away 2019
Blacklist 2020
Goat Spirit
(featuring Raphael Saadiq)
Different on Levels the Lord Allowed
Home Team
(featuring Dreebo)
Kobe
(featuring Snoop Dogg and Derrick Milano)

As featured artist[]

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
I Wish I Could Tell You
(Brookfield Duece featuring Dame D.O.L.L.A.)
2015 Non–album single
The Thesis
(Wynne featuring Vursatyl, Illmac, KayelaJ, & Dame D.O.L.L.A.)
2019 If I May...
Tappin Out
(Cool Nutz featuring Dame D.O.L.L.A. & Drae Steves)
2020 Father of Max
We The Future
(Miles Brown featuring Dame D.O.L.L.A.)
Non–album single
Day 0
(Mirror featuring Dame D.O.L.L.A.)
2024 Non–album single

Filmography[]

Film roles
Year Title Role
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Himself, Voice of Chronos
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