Damian Lillard. Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard (born July 15, 1990) is a point guard currently playing for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. The 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) guard from Oakland played collegiately for Weber State University in Ogden City, Utah. After being selected by Portland with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year by unanimous decision and almost instantly became an NBA All-Star.
Lillard was not heavily recruited out of high school in 2008 and was only regarded as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and was ranked as the No. 48 point guard by ESPN.com. When a scholarship was offered to play basketball for Weber State University, a mid-major school located in Ogden, Utah, he accepted it.
As a freshman, Lillard averaged 11.5 points and was named conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All Big Sky, making him the first Big Sky freshman to receive those accolades since Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey did so in 2006.
His sophomore year, Lillard raised his scoring average to 19.9 points per game and led the Weber State Wildcats to the regular season conference championship. At the end of the season, Lillard was named the Big Sky Player of the Year and was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.
In 2010–11, Lillard was again off to a good start. However, his season was cut short after he suffered a foot injury ten games into the season and was forced to take a medical redshirt. He was leading the Big Sky Conference in scoring with 19.7 points per game before his injury sidelined him.
As a redshirt junior, Lillard averaged 24.5 points and led the nation in scoring throughout most of the year though he ended up finishing second to Oakland University's Reggie Hamilton.
After his strong junior year, Lillard was widely regarded as the top point guard prospect in the country. He decided to forgo 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.
Damian was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. On July 13, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract and went on to earn co-MVP honors in the NBA Summer League with averages of 26.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists. On October 31, 2012, in his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard recorded 23 points with 11 assists. He joined the illustrious company of Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas as the only players in NBA history with at least 20 points and 10 assists in their NBA debuts.
During the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend, he participated in the Rising Stars Challenge and won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. On April 10, 2013, he scored a season-high 38 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Later, he was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in April and swept the Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards for the entire 2012–2013 season.
Lillard averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds on the year and set an NBA rookie record for three-point field goals made with 185. He joined Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson as the only rookies in NBA history to record 1,500 points and 500 assists in a season, and, along with Clyde Drexler, became one of two Trail Blazers to ever finish a season with 1,500 points and 500 assists. He was named the unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year and became just the fourth rookie to win the award unanimously joining Blake Griffin (2011), David Robinson (1990), and Ralph Sampson (1984).
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