NBA award season is upon us!
Wednesday, the league announced All-NBA’s First Team, Second Team, and Third Team honorees.
And now, Portland Trail Blazers five-time All-Star Damian Lillard is the first Trail Blazer in the team's history to earn the honor five times as he was named to the 2019-20 All-NBA Second Team.
Lillard averaged career highs of 30.0 points while shooting 46.3% from the field, 40.1% from deep, and 88.8% from the free throw line to go along with his 8.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
He also set franchise records for an individual's scoring average (30.0 ppg) and three-pointers made (270).
And it's fair to say he was having a career year.
Lillard's field goal percentage and three-point percentage were both career bests.
The NBA superstar PG received six first team votes.
The All-NBA teams were selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Due to the suspension in play this season, voting for this year’s All-NBA teams was based on regular-season games played through March 11 before the NBA’s hiatus.
Which means Lillard’s dominant play in the Orlando Bubble during the Blazers eight seeding games of 37.6 points per game and 9.6 assists while leading the Blazers to a 6-2 record from late July to mid-August did not count in the voting.
This marks the fifth career All-NBA honor for the Trail Blazers captain. He was named All-NBA First Team in 2017-18, Second Team in 2015-16 and 2018-19, and was on the All-NBA Third Team his second year in the league back in 2013-14.
This year's First Team includes:
- James Harden, Rockets (474)
- Luka Doncic, Mavericks (416)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (500)
- LeBron James, Lakers (500)
- Anthony Davis, Lakers (455)
- Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (284)
- Chris Paul, Thunder (199)
- Kawhi Leonard, Clippers (371)
- Pascal Siakam, Raptors (168)
- Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (311)
- Ben Simmons, Sixers (61)
- Russell Westbrook, Rockets (56)
- Jayson Tatum, Celtics (153)
- Jimmy Butler, Heat (147)
- Rudy Gobert, Jazz (110)
Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey expressed his gratitude for Lillard’s season of work in the team’s official release announcing the Second Team honors.
This was a history-making season for Lillard, no doubt about that.
With three games of at least 60 points which included a franchise-record 61 points against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 20 and then again against the Dallas Mavericks on Aug. 11, Lillard joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players in NBA history with at least three games of 60-plus points in a single season.
And now he’ll add All-NBA Second Team honors to his list of 2019-20 accolades.