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When last year's draft was approaching, Portland Trail Blazers' fans kept hearing the name Damian Lillard. The experts were saying how important it was for the team to draft Lillard, who was widely regarded as the best point guard in the class.
Casual fans responded to the clamor the way they should, with skepticism. Could this guy that nobody has heard of, from the school that nobody has heard of really lead this team?
Not much was known about Lillard other than the fact that he was an excellent shooter in college and that he was a scoring point guard that could get to the hoop.
A lot of folks wondered aloud whether or not Lillard's success at such a small school would translate to the next level.
Through the first five games of the preseason, Lillard has put those doubts to rest. He is in the top 10 in the league in scoring at 17 points per game and is averaging six assists and shooting nearly 41 percent from three-point range.
He looks comfortable running the team and has provided the club with the dimension of having a scoring threat from the point guard position, something they haven't had since Andre Miller left town.
That being said, there are still some points of concern. His turnover rate is pretty high (3.6 per game), and he will need some work on the defensive end, but overall the fans have got to be happy with what they are seeing from Lillard.