Dec 7, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; (L to R) Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews (2) shooting guard Will Barton (5) point guard Damian Lillard (0) and assistant coach David Vanterpool look up at a replay of Lillards three point shot as it was being reviewed late during the fourth quarter of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Moda Center. The Mavs won the game 108-106. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Led By Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers Dominate NBA Top-10 3PM


Damian Lillard (1st), Wesley Matthews (4th), and Nicolas Batum (9th) are all in the top-10 for 3-pointers made in the NBA through 27 games played — and it’s not just volume. Each are shooting above 40.0 percent from the arc, leading the Trail Blazers to a league-best 41.1 three-point percentage.

But their peak play is not limited to a ranged assault. Lillard is also averaging career highs in points (21.3) and rebounds (3.7), Matthews has career highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (4.1), and Batum has career highs in rebounds (6.3) and assists (5.2) and nearly a career high in scoring (14.1).

Yet the Trail Blazers’ ascension into the league’s upper echelon cannot be solely attributed to the trio, or even two-time all-star LaMarcus Aldridge, who is also averaging career highs in points (23.3) and rebounds (11.1). Of Portland’s 13 non-rookie players, 7 are averaging career highs in points, rebounds, and/or assists, including all 5 Portland starters.

That’s a lot of statistics to swallow, but all of them are savory. They’re a reflection of the Trail Blazers’ offense that has (more stats coming) led the league in points per game (108.3) and offensive rating (113.8). This season, the Trail Blazers possess the talent and the leadership to utilize their strengths on the offensive end, and the leader boards show it.

Regardless of where the season ultimately takes them, it’s amazing that among all of the team’s personal bests and individual successes, three players currently rank in the top-10 league-wide for a major statistical category. The Trail Blazers hope to show the home fans why that is, as they return to the Moda Center to face the New Orleans Pelicans tonight at 7:00 p.m.


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