The Emerging Guard

Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers

If you were to ask a fan at the beginning of the season ”Which point guard is going to have a breakout season this year,” most would’ve said Kyrie Irving. Others would’ve mentioned guys like John Wall, Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose; players who are stellar but haven’t reached their peak due to injuries. Another player people would’ve mentioned is Eric Bledsoe. Ranging from fans to NBA Executives, everyone figured that once Eric Bledsoe became a starter, for a team other than the Clippers, he would emerge as a top guard. The player people barely mentioned was Damian Lillard.

Now in his second season, the former Rookie Of The Year has improved a lot. He’s smarter, quicker and stronger. He improved his perimeter game, thus making him a better scorer. Defensively he’s not lockup just yet, but compared to last season he has improved.

Lillard also possess a few intangibles. He has the clutch gene and has proven to be a pretty good leader. Because of his play, rumors and conversations about Lamarcus Aldridge leaving have been put to rest; his play is also another reason why the Blazers are one of the top teams in the West.

Let me just make this clear, Damian Lillard is the real deal. And he’s heading toward the top, fast.