The Blazers drafted Lillard with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Weber State. Dame made $3,065,040 during his rookie season and averaged 19.0 points and 6.5 assists per game. He beat out No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis for the Rookie of the Year Award.
In his second season, Damian Lillard earned $3,202,920 and made his first All-Star team. The Oakland native finished his rookie contract by making $3,340,920 in Year 3 and $4,236,286 in Year 4.
Lillard and the Blazers agreed to a five-year, $140 million maximum rookie extension before the start of Dame’s fourth season. The All-Star scoring guard made $24,328,425 in the first year of his extension and averaged 27.0 points per game. There was no doubt the Blazers had just given an extension to the right guy.
In 2017-18, Damian Lillard made $26,153,057 and put up 26.9 points per contest. However, the Blazers got swept by Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.
Lillard followed up that embarrassing sweep by training harder than ever for the 2018-19 season. He made $27,977,689 and bounced Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs in five games. Lillard hit the game-winning, series-clinching shot at the buzzer in Game 5 over George from almost half-court.
Thanks to his stellar play, Lillard qualified for the Designated Veteran Player Extension. The Blazers signed Dame Dolla to a four-year, $196 million extension in the summer of 2019. The superstar guard was scheduled to make $29,802,321 in 2019-20 before games were suspended due to COVID-19. Lillard was averaging 28.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 7.8 assists in 58 games in 2019-20 before Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
Moving forward, Damian Lillard is set to make $31,626,953 in 2020-21, $43,750,000 in 2021-22, $47,250,000 in 2022-23, $50,750,000 in 2023-24 and $54,250,000 in 2024-25. The five-time All-Star has career averages of 24.0 points, 4.2 boards and 6.5 dimes in 607 games with the Blazers.