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Room for Improvement: Damian Lillard's defense


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Damian Lillard was everything Blazer fans could ask for in his rookie season.  He showed he could score in the NBA, make clutch shots, and be a playmaker.  If there was one area I would like him to improve in, it would be his defense.

Lillard was 74th in the NBA in steals, averaging just under a steal a game at 0.90.  That’s 23rd for point guards.  Not a very good place to be ranked if you don’t want to known as “a guy who only plays one end of the floor.”  I also noticed last year that Lillard sometimes had trouble staying in front of his man and didn’t fight through screens very hard.  He himself has admitted as much, stating that he needs to improve his defensive effort on the court.

Now, I know that it was only Damians first year in the NBA and his strengths so far have outweighed his defensive weaknesses, and the good thing is, he has the work ethic, drive, and talent to be a great all around point guard.  But, if Lillard wants to make the jump from NBA Rookie of the Year to perrenial All-Star, he must keep working hard in the film room and on the court to become a good defensive player.

So what do you think?  Will Lillard become a better defensive player this year?  Do you think he already is a good defender?  What part of his game would you like to see him improve on?

Tags: Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers

  • Joanna Tompkin

    Dame’s workin’ it. He’s not there yet with the top PG’s but with his work ethic, obsession with film review & mentoring he’ll flourish on D. Any news about scheduling that workout with Gary Payton?