Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard had a tremendous season. Only two years removed from finishing his senior season at Weber State university, Lillard has already made a splash in the NBA.
He was the unanimous rookie of the year in 2013, made his first All-Star game in 2014 and helped Portland win their first playoff series in 14 years with the upset over Houston in the opening round of the playoffs.
Lillard was fighting for one of the final spots on the Team USA roster for the FIBA World Championship. Lillard ended up playing sparingly for Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team.
Derrick Rose ended up getting the final guard spot over Lillard for Team USA. There’s no doubt that Rose is the more popular choice among Team USA fans. Rose is a flashy point guard that can defend and shoot. Damian Lillard is a one dimensional player and is best known for his 3 point shooting.
John Canzano of OregonLive.com made a great point about Lillard, “I think Lillard needs to elevate his game, especially on defense. He’s a sensational offensive player, with great vision and feel that you just can’t teach. He’s quick, he has an excellent shot, and he possesses outstanding instinct. But I’m most fascinated by his work ethic, and the fact that he appears most motivated when he’s doubted.”
Should Damian Lillard have been cut from Team USA’s roster? USA squares off against Finland in their opening game of the FIBA World Championship August, 30th.