Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Damian Lillard was an absolute revelation last season.
The No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft immediately set himself apart from his fellow rookies. On opening night against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard torched the Kobe Bryant-led squad to the tune of 23 points and 11 assists.
From there, Lillard's season continued at an upward projection. He showed the potential to eventually become one of the league's elite point guards despite playing on a team that lacked cohesion and depth.
But this isn't to say that Lillard is already there. He still has plenty of aspects of his game that he will need to develop.
He shows excellent court vision, but he can still find ways to make life easier for his more offensively challenged teammates.
He showed excellent range, but he will need to improve on his 42.9 shooting percentage from the field.
The biggest aspect that he will need to improve upon is his defense. At times, Lillard looked lost going up against some of the league's top floor generals. Given that the Blazers lack elite interior defenders and rim-protectors, it will be on Lillard to keep opposing point guards out of the lane.
He certainly has the size and quickness to improve this area; the real key will be his desire. Does he want to be an all-around stud?