Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard put forth an incredible season in his rookie year. In fact, the NBA awarded him the 2013 Rookie of the Year for his stellar performance. It is certainly hard to top that in his second season in the league, but Lillard has already set his sights on higher expectations.
“Why not be an All-Star? I believe it can happen,” Lillard said, according to CSNNW.com. “As long as I believe it, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.”
Lillard certainly has a good point. Even though the Western Conference has an overwhelming amount of talented point guards, Lillard certainly has the talent and potential to be put in the same category as the top players. The Trail Blazers have to be excited to know that he has a list of personal and team goals that he wants to accomplish during the 2013-14 NBA season.
Being named to the All-Star team is one thing, but the 23-year-old would much rather see Portland in the playoffs. No one can really blame him after power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and he put forth a solid effort that was rewarded with a dismal 33-49 record.
The good news is the organization upgraded the bench, which should allow Portland to stay in games even when Aldridge and Lillard are not on the court. More specifically, veteran Mo Williams will provide a nice change of pace when Lillard takes a rest, assuming he can stay healthy.
Lillard’s average of 19.0 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game were great for his first year in the league. However, he will have to step it up this season if he wants to be considered one of the best in the business.