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Everyone knows Stephen Curry is the very best shooter in NBA history, but Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard believes he’s the second-best after passing the 18,000 point mark in Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
Lillard said, via Casey Holdahl of the team’s website:
“I at all times see stuff on social media where they talk concerning the best shooters of all-time they usually at all times act prefer it’s just crazy for people to say me. I believe for a way many threes I’ve made, for a way consistent I make them, the extent of difficulty that I shoot threes with over years and years and years, I just think it’s form of crazy people don’t mention me in those discussions.”Obviously I believe Steph is the best ever, but I believe after him, I do not see why I’m not clear-cut in that discussion, not only by makes, but how I shoot it, how I make tough ones on a regular basis, how easy I shoot the ball. I’m looking forward to maintain climbing that list so once I stand up there in that top two, top three, I’m curious to see what people will say about me as a shooter at that time.”
Lillard is actually up there amongst a few of the very best shooters in league history. But saying he’s the second-best shooter could be an overstatement, especially when considering the likes of Ray Allen, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller, Larry Bird and others.
That said, Lillard’s impact is undeniable. In 18 games this season, he’s averaging 28.3 points while shooting 45.1 percent from the ground and 39.8 percent from deep.