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Trail Blazers guard becomes the first in franchise history to garner All-NBA recognition five times

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Damain Lillard received the third most votes among guards and is an All-NBA Second Team guard.Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named to the All-NBA second team, becoming the first player in franchise history to be All-NBA five times.

In his eighth season, the 6-2 guard averaged career-highs of 30.0 points and 8.0 assists in 2019-20. His 30 points a game scoring average is a Trail Blazers' record, as are his 270 made 3-pointers.

Voting for the All-NBA teams was done by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, and was based on games played through March 11. Games played during the NBA restart in the Orlando bubble did not count in the voting. The All-NBA teams were announced Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Lillard received the eighth most points overall and the third most among guards in the voting. Players received five points for each first-team vote, three points for each second-team vote and one point for each third-team vote.

Lillard was named the NBA Player of the Seeding Games after averaging 37.6 points and 9.6 assists to lead Portland to a 6-2 record and, eventually, the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The All-NBA first team includes forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, guards James Harden of Houston and Luka Doncic of Dallas and center Anthony Davis of the Lakers. Antetokounmpo and James were unanimous first-team selections.

Lillard received six first-team votes, 82 second-team votes and eight third-team votes, which means he was left off of four ballots.

Joining Lillard on the second team are forward Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers), center Nikola Jokic (Denver), guard Chris Paul (Oklahoma City) and forward Pascal Siakam (Toronto).

On the All-NBA third team are forwards Jayson Tatum (Boston) and Jimmy Butler (Miami), center Rudy Gobert (Utah), guards Ben Simmons (Philadelphia) and Russell Westbrook (Houston).

Lillard turned 30 in July.

He shot 46.3% from the field including 40.1% from 3-point distance. He made 88.8% of his free throws.

Lillard finished second in total points in the NBA regular season with 1,978. He was third in scoring average, fifth in assists per game and first in minutes played (2,474) while averaging 37.5 minutes.

He tied for third in made 3-pointers, was fourth in made free throws with 460, 10th in free-throw percentage and 26th in 3-point percentage.

This is the second year in a row Lillard has been named to the All-NBA second team.

He was a first-team choice in 2017-18, second team in 2015-16 and third team in 2013-14.


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