Damian Lillard‘s quality of play has been such that he has drawn comparisons to Stephen Curry this season. Lillard didn’t appreciate those although they of course were meant as a compliment because he’s been that good for a team nobody expected to be competitive this year.
Some numbers that speak to how impressive he’s been in Portland.
* No player in NBA history has made more three-pointers in his first four seasons than Lillard. He recently moved past Warriors guard Klay Thompson in that department. Lillard has averaged 2.57 threes per game since he entered the NBA in 2012-13. In his first four years as a pro, Stephen Curry hit 2.49 per contest.
* He’s the third player in NBA history with 1,500 points and 400 assists in each of his first four seasons. The other two? Oscar Robertson and LeBron James.
* Per Basketball Reference, only two players have scored 50-plus while playing less than 32 minutes in a game: Kobe Bryant in 2003 and Lillard last month.
He accomplished another impressive feat in that game vs. Denver.
* He has already surpassed Zach Randolph and Brandon Roy, a three-time All-Star, in the Blazers’ all-time scoring list.
* His scoring average puts him at No. 4 in Blazers’ history. He’s now ahead of Clyde Drexler, widely considered the top player in the storied franchise.
* He has improved his PER each of his four seasons in the NBA. That’s pretty good considering he started with an above average 16.4 his rookie season.
* With just 307 NBA games under his belt, Lillard is the second most prolific three-point shooter in Blazers’ history with 790 makes. He’s on course to finish the season at No. 1 ahead of Wesley Matthews (826).