Fantasy Basketball: Rookie Damian Lillard Not Slowing Down

PG Damian Lillard - Portland Trail Blazers

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One of the best stories in fantasy basketball this season has been Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who has taken the league by storm right out of the gate.

Projected by many as the rookie who could make the biggest impact this season, Lillard has lived up to that hype. He leads all rookies in scoring with 18.3 points per game, followed closest by Dion Waiters at 14.6 per. He also leads rookies in assists with 6.5 per game and 3-pointers made with 120.

While he clearly is head and shoulders above the rest of his rookie class, he also stacks up well with vets at his position. Among point guards, he is tied for seventh with Monta Ellis in scoring, is third in 3-pointers made, and in the top 15 in assists.

He has been a top-10 fantasy point guard. and the league hasn’t been able to catch up to him either.

As the season has progressed, he has continued to play well. His scoring in February is hovering around 20 points per game, while his previous high for a monthly average is 18.2 in December. His 3-point stroke has been a bit off, but he found it on Wednesday, going 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

His team has struggled this season, but it’s not because of him. The 22-year old out of Weber State has clearly been the best rookie fantasy-wise. If Anthony Davis could stay on the court and Waiters keeps it up, they will come close, but Lillard has shown no signs of slowing down and will close out the season strong.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and ‘Like’ him on Facebook


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