Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is a franchise player in almost every way. Right now he’s averaging 24.0 points and 7.2 assists per game—both numbers are the best of his career—but, somehow, wasn’t voted into this month’s All-Star game after making it the past two years.
Even though this stat is more complimentary of Lillard’s entire four-year career than how he’s performed in 2016, the achievement further validates just how badly he deserved a trip to Toronto:
Damian Lillard is one of six players since 2003 to score 6,000 points in their first four seasons (Anthony, James, Wade, Durant, Griffin).
Nobody expected the Trail Blazers to make the playoffs this season. They lost four extremely talented starters over the summer and replaced them with inexperienced youngsters. But if the season ended today, Portland would dance as an eight seed.
That’s incredible. The team’s offense is a firecracker that can’t ignite without Lillard on the court. The 25-year-old has been tremendous, and even though All-Stars were selected last week, it still feels like his snub should receive a bit more attention.
Of course, he probably would’ve made it if the fans didn’t vote in Kobe Bryant. But they did. And Lillard is unfairly the odd man out.