Blazers’ Damian Lillard Explains Why he Deserves MVP More Than Anyone Else in the Race

Published 04/16/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Mar 28, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives past Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during the third quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports


Last season, every other team’s fan or even a casual watcher got to know that Damian Lillard is one of the best players in the league. This is what Portland Trail Blazers fans have known for years. After a long time, he is finally getting some recognition that he has deserved as the Blazers continue to try to make their way up in the Western Conference.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are currently sixth in the West and as long as they stay that way or move up, their spot in the playoffs is guaranteed. However, moving down would mean going through the play-in tournament like they did last season. It does seem unlikely thanks to Dame’s form. That being said, where does he currently stand in the MVP race?

Why Damian Lillard is overlooked?

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In an interview with Damian Lillard, he was asked why his abilities are undermined and, he is never the top candidate for the MVP conversation. He said, “Honestly, I don’t really think it fits. I don’t play in the big market and I know everybody says that. But I think that’s part of it.

“I am not a loud person and don’t go out there and celebrate after everything that I do. I don’t make crazy statements and people get bored with consistency. If you look at my career, every year, I find something to get better at. I find a way to make my team win and I don’t make a big uproar about it. Don’t do anything crazy to draw attention to myself, I just get the job done,” he explained in detail.

Lillard also talked about how other players in the race with him have also had to deal with a lot of struggles and injury issues this season. However, he still thinks he is at the top in that mix.

Mar 23, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles past Brooklyn Nets defenders during the second half at Moda Center. The Brooklyn Nets won the game 116-112. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Why does the Blazers’ superstar deserve MVP?

Right after this, Dame went on to make his case for MVP. He expressed that people who get a say in voting for MVP probably don’t watch the games properly and see the circumstances in which he delivers every single night.

“They would see how I am being face-guarded full court and double-teamed on half court. Some games, I can’t even get shot attempts up. Oh yeah, we had 15 points or 14 points but I was 4 for 10 because I literally can’t find a look at the rim,” stated Damian.

“People are just not being defended the way I am,” he reiterated. “And I think I have a stronger case this year than I ever have. I think I am deserving of it. That’s just the truth,” he said in conclusion.

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Lillard couldn’t be more accurate. The Blazers were missing key players for most of the run this season.

Yet, he has managed to keep far more than their head above the water. He is currently second in the race behind Nikola Jokic. Do you still think someone else deserves MVP more than him? And if yes, who?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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