Currently 2-1, the team’s loss isn’t on Lillard’s shoulders. He’s been efficient, unselfish and dominant all at the same time.
Efficiency isn’t easy to pull off when you’re a guard relying on perimeter shots as the bulk of your points. Guys like Stephen Curry and Lillard are revolutionizing the game and his slash line proves it.
A 50/40/90 season doesn’t come along often, so Lillard’s entering into historical territory if he keeps it up for the rest of the season.
And there’s little reason to think he won’t. He has plenty of options on offense around him to keep him in check. Lillard doesn’t have to take 40 shots a game like another MVP candidate in Oklahoma City.
But the biggest reason why he’s on the cusp of efficiency greatness is his improved ability to finish inside.
Almost half of Lillard’s total career shot attempts (41 percent) have come from beyond the arc. To start this season, it seems that trend has broken.
Lillard’s taken 18 3-pointers and 53 2-pointers. That’s a greater split than nearly half (25.3 percent), and it’s improved his ability to score because of less predictability.
Opponents can’t just go up on Lillard and force him into a contested deep shot. His improved handle and finishing at the rim gives defenses a little cause to pause.
Lillard’s a threat from all three levels on the floor, as his offensive game has risen to new heights.
But it’s not just his percentages that have evolved.