Damian Lillard is one of the best point guards in the NBA right now. But is he THE best at his position?
That's a question that Lillard himself doesn't even want to answer.
Lillard hosted an AMA on Twitter on Thursday morning, and when he was asked if he was the best point guard in the league, he refused to take the bait.
That's certainly a good attitude to have. Lillard well may be the best point guard in the league right now, but some will always make the case for Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, and Russell Westbrook being better, among others. He's not wasting his energy thinking about that and is just focusing on "doing him".
Last night in the Trail Blazers' win over the Pelicans, that involved Lillard scoring 43 points and totaling a whopping 16 assists in the second night of a back-to-back. If he continues to play at that type of level, he will surely be mentioned as an MVP candidate.
However, that's another topic that Lillard didn't delve into too much during his AMA.
Whether Lillard was referencing this year's MVP race or his overall legacy here, his point is largely the same as his earlier answer. He can't control what people think of him, but he will continue to play hard (and well) when on the court.
Still, there's no doubt that Lillard is firmly in the MVP race at this point. He is averaging 29.8 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game and has virtually carried the Blazers to an 18-10 record. He is arguably the most clutch player in the NBA, and while he may not want to talk too much about his greatness, both he and opposing defenses know how hard he is to stop.
Though he largely deflected questions about his skills, Lillard did give himself some props. When asked about who the best shooter from Oakland is, he had a a quick, simple answer to the question.
It's hard to argue with Dame on that one. He has made 43.8 percent of his career field goals including 37.3 percent from behind the arc. As much as Paul Pierce and Gary Payton may want to rival Lillard, their 3-point numbers and range simply don't line up with that of Lillard.
And, in truth, few can rival Lillard for any of the titles he discussed on Twitter Thursday.