Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has endured a tough season. Lillard started off the year with some uncharacteristically shaky shooting performances, upon which it was revealed that he was playing through an abdominal injury, which ultimately required surgery. There was hope that the Blazers star would return for this season, though the team recently announced that he would miss the rest of the season. Lillard spoke to Yahoo Sports and delivered a bold claim on his future with Portland.

“I think personally my best is yet to come 100 percent. Like I said, this is my first time being able to take a step back and just fully address my development. Over the course of my career, there have always been things that I’ve wanted to correct or get better at, but maybe I had a long season and went into the playoffs and then we had a quick turnaround. Whatever the case may be, I never had this much time to fully break down my game and really challenge myself development-wise.

Lillard didn’t hold back, saying that he believes that his best is yet to come. The 31-year-old sharpshooter has made six All-Star teams while emerging as one of the premier three-point shooters.

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If the best is yet to come, then the Blazers are going to be set up nicely for the future. Lillard’s point makes sense, as he has plenty of time to work on his craft in the offseason and doesn’t have to worry about a quick turnaround.

A healthy and improved Lillard will be a scary sight for the NBA.