With the sixth pick in the 2012 Rant Sports NBA Mock Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers have selected point guard Damian Lillard from Weber State. Lillard’s draft stock has surged in recent months and him landing in the lottery slot for the Trail Blazers is a sign of good things to come.
Lillard was a player that had gone unnoticed throughout most of the 2011-12 college basketball season. Lillard played in the Big Sky Conference but his school only made it to the CIT Invitational losing in the second round to Loyola Marymout.
For all four years that Lillard played for Weber State, he has averaged double figures in points per game. In his final year with the Wildcats, Lillard averaged 24.5 points per game, five rebounds per game and four assists per game. Lillard was second in the nation in scoring behind Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton who averaged 25.7 points per game.
With the Trail Blazers most likely losing Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford in free agency, after having incredibly high hopes of production from both players, it may be time for Portland to look into the future at point guard starting with Lillard.
Lillard has the power to be a very efficient court general. His ability to score and pass the ball as well as rebounding could help him be compared to the likes of former Cal point guard Jason Kidd. Lillard will be able to fill the major gab that Felton is leaving behind and the Trail Blazers, with a long history of making bad picks, have made a good one in Lillard.
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