Damian Lillard climbs all-time 3-points ladder, kicks Jason Kidd out of top 10
Lillard edged out Jason Kidd after burying a three-pointer in the first half of their battle against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. As of writing, he now has 1,989 made three-pointers. The next player on the list is Paul Pierce with 2,143. With his limitless range, skill, and the way basketball is played today, Lillard should be able to climb up the ranks sooner rather than later.
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This season, Lillard has been attempting 10.8 shots from long distance per game and converting 37.9 percent of them. The clip is lower than what he had last year, however, defenses have keyed in on him more than usual.
In a way, Lillard has several commonalities with rival Stephen Curry, who’s second on the all-time three-pointers list. The two came from small schools, can light it up from outside, have tight handles, and are quite small for the position.
With running mate CJ McCollum and center Jusuf Nurkic both missing significant time due to injuries, Lillard has had to do some serious heavy lifting to keep the Trail Blazers afloat in the Western Conference. He has been in MVP discussions with his averages of 28.7 points, 4.2 boards, and 7.7 dimes.
The Trail Blazers may not rule the Western Conference but they still present a challenge for their matchups, especially with Damian Lillard at the forefront. McCollum can also score in bunches, a healthy Nurkic is an automatic double-double, while the solid supporting cast of Robert Covington, Norman Powell, and Carmelo Anthony can also do wonders.