Damian Lillard: Scoring or Facilitating?

Oct 18, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) in the second quarter of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Through 6 preseason games, Damian Lillard has averaged 22.0 points and 3.6 assists in just 28.8 minutes.

If these numbers were extrapolated to match the 38.6 minutes he averaged last season, he’d be dishing out 4.8 assists and scoring a ridiculous 29.5 points per game, which would have been tops in the league.

While an asterisk the size of Shaq’s derriere is needed to clarify that this is the PRESEASON, when teams are testing rotations and playing people who likely won’t make the team come opening night (with apologies to E.J. Singler), they’re still intriguing numbers.

It also begs the question: if we had any choice in the matter, what would we want from Damian? Would we want a first-option scorer, a guy who can create his own shot and split defense to draw fouls at will? Or would we want a facilitator, a point guard able to get LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, and Mo Williams theirs while sacrificing his own scoring opportunities?

Should Damian Lillard improve on scoring or passing?

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