The Portland Trail Blazers’ star point guard Damien Lillard is starting to blossom into the type of playmaker the organization had envisioned when they selected him, 6th overall in the 2012 draft. Now, after three full seasons of high production, is Lillard considered a top 5 scoring point guard in the NBA?
This is a debatable topic and it may change person to person. However, one thing that has been pretty consistent is Stephen Curry (1127 points) and Russell Westbrook (1002 points) being at the top of this list, which they should be. In fact, Curry and Westbrook are one and two in points scored this season. Then from three to five starts to become heavily opinionated.
Then comes Lillard (874 points) ranking third among point guards in points scored this season despite missing seven games due to injury. Then to round out the top 5 is Isaiah Thomas (862 points) and Kyle Lowery (831 points), respectively.
When deciding how good a point guard is, the focus in this portion will solely be on scoring.
Out of the top 5 point guards currently listed Lillard is the only one to continue to improve in all categories through out the season. In fact, he is averaging 27 points a game in January, whereas Curry (26.4 points) and Westbrook (18.5 points) have cooled down relatively during the same time.
Although the case can be made that Lillard’s success is due to the lack of talent around him and he needs to do more, Curry and Westbrook are still both integral parts of the teams success.
All in all, Lillard is soaring and is playing at an all-time high. The top 5 may look completely different at seasons end. If Curry and Westbrook don’t keep up Lillard will surely give them a run for their money.
My bold prediction is Lillard will be the number one scoring point guard by the season’s end. Curry and Westbrook will go two and three and lastly Thomas and Lowery will fall outside of the top 5.
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