‘Shot That Sh*t So Much’: Damian Lillard Reveals How He Can Take Shots from Anywhere on the Court

Published 12/06/2020, 2:30 PM EST
DENVER, CO – MAY 7: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers shows signs of frustration against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Damian Lillard is one of the best shooters in the NBA right now. He has led the Portland Trail Blazers to multiple playoff runs, which has earned him 5-All star appearances.

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Lillard, over the years, has built a reputation to score the three pointer from anywhere. In a recent Instagram live with rapper Fat Joe, when Lillard was asked about the same Dame said, “I have been doing that for a long time. It just comes down to how much I work on it.

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“When you have got so many reps at something over all these summers, during the season, after practice, before practice and you are just doing it over and over, it becomes an efficient shot.

He added, “I have just got comfortable because I shot that s**t so much like in my own time and I started working on it even harder in the last 3 three years because how I get defended now. Sometimes that’s the best look I get sometimes, so I gotta be able to knock that down.”

The Trail Blazers had a depleted roster for most of last season. Despite the missing starters, Dame averaged 30 points, 8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game with a three-point shooting percentage of 40.1%. With a fitter side, they will hope to compete in the West.

What can we expect from Damian Lillard and the Blazers?

Last season, the Blazers suffered heavily as many of their stars got injured last season. A late push by their talisman was enough for them to secure the eighth seed in the West ahead of Ja Morant and the Grizzlies.

The Blazers won the last five games of the regular season where Dame averaged 42 points per game. They were later trumped by the eventual champions, the LA Lakers in five games.

Coming into this season, the team has added some much needed stars to their roster. They added Robert Covington from the Houston Rockets. Covington is a fantastic defender and a great shooter of the ball. He can act as a pest for the other team’s offense and can add some more perimeter shooting.

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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 12: Carmelo Anthony (00) of the Portland Trail Blazers backs down Will Barton (5) of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Thursday, December 12, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

They have also added Enes Kanter from the Celtics. Kanter has already played in the team and will be the much needed backup center for Jusuf Nurkic. Apart from that they have added Derrick Jones Jr. Jones was a bench player for the Heat and was decent in the minutes given to him. He adds some more depth to the roster.

They have also re-signed Carmelo Anthony. Melo last season rejuvenated his career and averaged 15.4 points, 1.5 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game.

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With Melo, CJ McCollum, Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic and Robert Covington as the starting 5 and good bench players, the Blazers should make the playoffs. If all these players stay healthy, they can surely make a deep playoff run.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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