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NBA Draft Profile: Damian Lillard

Jun 8, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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Nobody is moving up the draft board like Damian Lillard.

You didn’t see him unless you were a Weber State fan (and we know you’re not), but most teams now have him ranked as the best point guard in the draft — better than UNC’s Kendall Marshall, better than Kentucky’s Marquis Teague, better than all the bigger names.

And according to DraftExpress he has really impressed people during the interview portion of the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago this week (and the interviews are by far the thing that matters most there). Which means he is going up the boards, not down.

Lillard was a scoring guard in college because he had to be, and he will look to shoot first in the NBA. He is a dynamic penetrator who has good lateral movement, but if you back off him he will knock down the jumper with range. This is a guy who shot 46.7 percent overall and 40.9 percent from three when everybody in the building knew he was going to take every shot — teams schemed for him and he still killed them. He only turned the ball over once every 8.9 possessions.

DraftExpress says he could have a George Hill like impact.

The concern was Weber State — he played in the Big Sky against inferior competition. Which is why his individual workouts and interviews matter more for him. He has to answer those questions.

And multiple reports have him impressing in the gym and in the interview room. Here is what ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote:

Lillard put on one of the most impressive workouts I’ve seen in a while. The grueling 1½-hour session had Lillard going full speed for the entire workout. He ran the length of the floor repeatedly, shuffled side to side with medicine balls, shot jumpers with a huge tether around his waist and, as the sweat poured down his face, he just kept hitting shot after shot after shot.

Lillard is going in the lottery, the only question is how high.

DraftExpress right now has him going No. 10 to the Hornets. (That would be a quality young team suddenly — Anthony Davis in the middle, Eric Gordon at the two and Lillard at the point. You could build around that.) But he may go higher. Toronto at No. 8?

Bottom line from everyone is this — forget about where Lillard played, just know that he flat out can play.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    You didn’t see him unless you’re a Weber St. fan (and we know you’re not)…
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    I’m not a Weber St. fan. I’ve seen him. Maybe you should change that line from that to “You didn’t see him unless you’re a Webber St. fan or you bet on small unranked college hoops teams and spend hours betting in Las Vegas casinos at the sports book watching three games at a time!”

    Shout out to the M casino and and local favorite Santa Fe Station Casino!! lol

  2. bigtganks - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    My friend IS a Weber State fan. He and I went to Weber St. That said, even with him, I can’t watch a Weber St game… sheesh.

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