DAME TIME: Damian Lillard Leads Steph Curry & Kyrie Irving in This Incredible Shooting Stat

Published 01/29/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Jan 5, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) hits a shot over Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports


Damian Lillard is one of the best shooters in the NBA today. The Portland Trail Blazers guard is famous for making the most difficult shots in the NBA. No distance is too far for Lillard with the ball in his hands. Of all his shots, none may be more famous than his last-second buzzer-beater to send OKC home in the 2019 playoffs.

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Damian Lillard ahead of the curve in incredible shots

But Lillard is not resting on his laurels. This season, Damian Lillard leads the NBA in 30+ foot shots made. In just 17 games, Lillard has made 13 30+ foot shots. He is ahead of players like Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Trae Young on the list by a healthy distance. Lillard continues to show that he is one of the best shooters in the NBA, if not the best currently.

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Lillard has been playing excellent basketball this year. For the season, Lillard is averaging 28.7 points, 7 assists, and 4.8 rebounds. His points average is currently the second-best of his career, only behind his excellent numbers from last season when he averaged 30 points per game.

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Lillard is also shooting 34% from the three-point line, one of the healthier percentages in the league. Given his elite level of three-point shooting, it is no surprise that Lillard is among one of the league’s best percentage shooters. However, Lillard’s assist numbers show that he isn’t just focused on scoring. He is the driving force of the Trail Blazers’ attack.

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Lillard is playing at an All-Star level, and will surely make the team this year. Whether he starts or not remains to be seen, as the Western conference is quite stacked with top performers like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Paul George, and Luka Doncic. However, if there is an All-Star game, Lillard will steal the show like in the years past.

Jan 18, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives past San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) during the third quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
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This year, the Trailblazers have struggled with consistency. While players like Lillard and CJ McCollum have been playing at a high level on a regular basis, the rest of the team has not adapted to them. Currently, the Blazers sit with a 9-8 record and are yet to put a string of consistent performances this year. But with Lillard on their team, that can change in an instant.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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