Damian Lillard to Learn Defense from Gary Payton

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Damian Lillard to Learn Defense from Gary Payton
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard accomplished almost everything as a rookie. Outside of nearly leading Portland to the playoffs — just having the Blazers in the conversation was impressive enough — Lillard led the NBA in total minutes, averaged 19 points a game, unanimously won Rookie of the Year AND made the cover of Dime Magazine. He also never hit the rookie wall, miraculously improving as the season dragged into the spring, and repeatedly held his own against some of the league's best point guards. Lillard exceeded expectations. But he still wasn't perfect.

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