3. Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
The construction of the Western Conference roster for the All-Star Game is certainly far more controversial and polarizing than the East with the inclusion of Kobe Bryant in the starters and the likes of big-name players such as LaMarcus Aldridge making it into the reserves. In the midst of all of this, it’s unfortunate that Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard isn’t included on the West roster.
Despite all of the talent that the Trail Blazers lost this offseason, Lillard and C.J. McCollum have kept them relevant in the West and the point guard has performed every bit like a superstar. In the 40 games that he’s played this season, the fourth-year guard has put up 24.3 points, 7.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and an impressive 37.6 percent from three on 8.1 attempts from long range per game. He’s been a force on the offensive end that has kept Portland right near the playoff race.
Though the West is obviously loaded with highly talented guards, Lillard has performed like a player wholly deserving of being recognized as being one of the best players to this point in the year and it’s unfortunate that’s not the case.
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