Damian Lillard Needs To Show Portland Trail Blazers' Rookies How To Succeed

By John Raffel
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the Portland Trail Blazers have finished this season’s NBA draft, Damian Lillard can take a look at the new friends surrounding him as a supporting cast.

Lillard, right now, is the star of this Trail Blazer team and the guy that the franchise is building around to try to return to the status of NBA playoff contender. He’s the Rookie of the Year and eventually a possible MVP candidate if he continues to improve his game.

But Lillard, like any other outstanding NBA player, is eventually going to get tired of playing on a mediocre team. He obviously doesn’t want to endure what happened in Portland last season with a 33-49 record, which included a 13-game losing streak to end the season. Lillard, like the rest of his teammates, wants to win and he’s willing to show others how it’s done, if necessary.

Lillard can be an excellent example to the newest Trail Blazers, including their No. 1 pick, C.J. McCollum, a guard, who will bring a different dynamic to the team. It will be up to McCollum to help the Trail Blazers develop a strong perimeter game and supplement the game that Lillard leads inside.

But Lillard needs to show McCollum how to play as a rookie. Expect as much from yourself as possible…that’s what McCollum will strive for, but he’ll need to do it within his own limits. He can’t put too many expectations on himself. That’s how Lillard succeeded. He played confident, but also didn’t overwhelm himself with high expectations.

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