Damian Lillard Passes Brandon Roy on TrailBlazers’ All-Time Scoring List
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On Wednesday, Damian Lillard was added as a finalist for the Team USA roster. That’s cool, but the sentence bothers me because it doesn’t say “2015/16 All-Star Damian Lillard was added” and because he wasn’t one of the 30 (yes 30) original candidates.
Later that night, Dame put up another All-Star worthy performance with 31 points and 9 assists on the Rockets to give the Blazers their 3rd win in a row and 8th in their last 9 games. I know it’s pointless to keep yelling “snub” days before the event, but just look at what the only player in the NBA ranked in the top 6 in scoring and assists has done in the past few days.
- Rockets: 31 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds
- Grizzlies: 33 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds
- Rockets: 21 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds
- Raptors: 27 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds
If that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday night, Dame also passed the great and very underrated Brandon Roy for 15th on the Blazers’ all-time scoring list.
As much as I love seeing Dame move up on the franchise list, that sentence also bothers me a little. If Roy would have been able to stay healthy, he would have easily been near the top of that list. We are talking about a guy Kobe Bryant once said was the toughest player to defend in the West and a player with “no weaknesses in his offensive game.”
“I told him I don’t know of any player outside of myself that has no weaknesses besides him.” Said Kobe about Roy. “If you think about it, he can go left and pull up and shoot. He can go right and pull up and shoot. He can fade left shoulder, he can fade right shoulder. He can shoot the long ball. He can finish at the rim. He can shoot free throws. He has no weaknesses in his offensive game.”
He didn’t, but injuries robbed him of a much greater and recognized basketball career. A career I expect Lillard to have – no matter how times he gets robbed or snubbed.