Damian Lillard Joins Steph Curry in Another Elite 3-Point List in a Loss to Chicago Bulls

Published 01/06/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Jan 5, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots against Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) during the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports


Since the beginning of his career, Damian Lillard has been repeatedly compared by fans and critics to Steph Curry. And it is easy to see why. Both the premier point guards are the heart and soul of their teams. Also, both of them are not just snipers but also moving artilleries from the 3-point line.

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Lillard emulated his Golden State counterpart yet again. On Tuesday, in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, Lillard became the 2nd fastest NBA player to make 1,800 threes.

He took 622 games to reach the astronomical feat. But who is the fastest? No prizes for guessing; it is the greatest shooter in the game, Steph Curry. Curry needed a measly 545 games to hit this mark.

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Where does this put Damian Lillard in the All-time 3 point list?

In the all-time 3 point list, Dame Dolla currently places 18th with 1802 threes. That is four places ahead of Klay Thompson, who is stuck at 1798 threes because of serious back-to-back injuries.

Lillard is 25 places behind the late Kobe Bryant and could overtake him soon this season, barring any injuries. He also has the potential to enter the top-10 this season. Jason Kidd, the 10th man on the list, has 1988 threes to him. Going by Lillard’s average of 200 threes made a season he is the favorite to overtake him by the end of this campaign.

The active players ahead of Lillard in this list are Steph Curry (3rd), James Harden (5th), JJ Redick (14th), and LeBron James (15th). This list is headed by catch-and-shoot perfectionist Ray Allen, who has 2973 threes to his name.

By the time Lillard gets to a new mark, Steph would have already set a new marker. And Harden would have possibly overtaken him as well. But Lillard could still be 3rd on the list when he hangs up his boots.

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Lillard and the Blazers are struggling right now

Dame’s form mirrors that of his team and is inconsistent. He is only averaging 35% from the perimeter this season, and the Blazers have a 3-4 losing record to their name. In fact, CJ McCollum has looked like their best player so far.

Dec 28, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) in the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 115-107. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

If he performs anywhere close to the level he showed in the Bubble, the Blazers will have a very good season. It is time for Lillard to unleash Dame time.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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