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Blazers’ Damian Lillard wants a 1-on-1 tournament at All-Star Weekend

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Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum says superstar point guard Damian Lillard proposed an idea where players can challenge each other to one-on-one games during All-Star Weekend.

The Celebrity Game, Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest are great, but All-Star Weekend needs a new event to bring some sizzle, and Lillard may have just offered up the perfect solution:

Some of the best one-on-one players in the league right now are James Harden, Damian Lillard, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, CJ McCollum, Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Needless to say, basketball fans around the world would be tuned into an event where some of their favorite players go one-on-one with other stars.

Lillard is a four-time All-Star. He has been snubbed a few years in the past, but that won’t happen anymore since the Blazers’ floor general is universally recognized as one of the best players in the NBA.

In 38 games this season for the Blazers, Lillard is averaging 26.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists. The 29-year-old Oakland native is shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and 89.1 percent from the free-throw line.

After making it to the Western Conference Finals last season, the Blazers have been up and down this season. They are 16-24 on the season at the moment, which is a disappointing 11th place in the Western Conference standings.