Damian Lillard is one of the greatest three-point shooters in the history of the NBA. In fact, as of Wednesday night, only nine players have ever shot the deep ball better.
For the fourth time this month, Damian Lillard has passed a player ahead of him on the career-made three-pointer list.
In recent weeks, Lillard passed LeBron James, Joe Johnson, and Dirk Nowitzki to move to 11th all-time.
Lillard returned to the court on Wednesday after missing the previous three games due to right hamstring tendinopathy. When he hit the court against the Nuggets, Lillard had another player in his sights: No.10 on the list, Jason Kidd.
The two were tied for 10th place heading into the game, but it was only a matter of time before Dame took over sole possession of the ten spot.
At the 9:40 mark of the first quarter, Lillard made history. The Nuggets made the mistake of leaving Lillard wide-open, and even though he was far beyond the arc he rose up and made his first three of the game. The make was the 1,989th made three-pointer of his career, passing Jason Kidd's mark of 1,988 for 10th all-time in NBA history.
Lillard is third among active players and is the Trail Blazers all-time leader in made threes... and there are no signs of him slowing down.
As of Wednesday, here’s a list of every player in front of Lillard on the all-time list of three-pointers made (active players in bold):
- Ray Allen (2,973)
- Stephen Curry (2,755)
- Reggie Miller (2,560)
- Kyle Korver (2,450)
- James Harden (2,441)
- Vince Carter (2,290)
- Jason Terry (2,282)
- Jamal Crawford (2,221)
- Paul Pierce (2,143)
- Damian Lillard (1,989+)
Dame is just 11 threes away from becoming the 10th player in NBA history to hit 2,000 threes in a career, and 155 made threes from passing Paul Pierce for No. 9 all-time.
Lillard is averaging 4.1 made threes per game (tying a career-high), 28.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 7.7 assists in 35.9 minutes per game. He is shooting 44% from the field and 37.9% from three-point range.
Heading into the game against the Nuggets, Lillard had connected on 212 three-pointers this season, the third-most in the league behind only Steph Curry (262 and Buddy Hield (225). Lillard, Curry, Hield, and Miami's Duncan Robinson are the only players in the NBA to hit 200 or more threes so far this season.
Last season, Lillard made a career-high 270 three-pointers, and did so in just 66 games. He is currently on pace for roughly 275 threes, so setting a new personal best is well within reach.
Damian Lillard is the greatest three-point shooter in Blazers history and can now say he is one of the 10 best to ever do it.