There isn't much clarity in the NBA MVP race for the 2020-21 season. There are a lot of good candidates from Joel Embiid to Nikola Jokic to Giannis Antekounmpo, but Damian Lillard is surely in the discussion as well.
In fact, one former NBA All-Star and Trail Blazers legend thinks Lillard's effort has made him the top candidate in the MVP race.
In a recent appearance on ESPN's First Take, Rasheed Wallace acknowledged that choosing an MVP now was "tough," but he explained why he preferred Lillard to other MVP candidates despite his appreciation for Joel Embiid.
Lillard has been one of the most productive players in the NBA this season, averaging 28.7 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Even more impressive, he has helped carry the Portland Trail Blazers to a 31-23 record in the tough Western Conference. He did that despite being without the likes of CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic for long stretches during the campaign.
While Embiid and Jokic are certainly deserving candidates, what Lillard has done with key contributors sidelined surely deserves recognition. We'll soon see how the MVP voting breaks down, but no matter what, it seems like Lillard will be among the finalists for the league's most prestigious award.