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Portland Trail Blazers: Comparing Damian Lillard to NBA's Elite PGs at 22
Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard has received a ton of publicity as of late for his place in NBA history just three games into his career.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Lillard is already the front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award (via Jason Quick of The Oregonian).

Lillard, an Oakland, Calif., native, became the second player in NBA history to score at least 20 points and dish at least seven assists in the first three games of their career, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (via Joe Freeman of The Oregonian).

Lillard is another breed of scoring point guards who have the ability to pass the ball and rebound. But how does he stack up against the NBA's elite point guards in the history of the game at the age of 22?

Let's compare Lillard to other elite scoring point guards in their first three games of their NBA seasons at 22 years old.

For this, we'll include the following players: Isiah Thomas, Kevin Johnson, Gary Payton, Penny Hardaway, Derrick Rose, Tony Parker, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

Stats provided by basketball-reference.com

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