The REAL Reason Why Damian Lillard Is SO Good In The NBA (Ft. Dribbles, Deep Shots, IQ)

Feb 21, 2020
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Damian Lillard has been so good this NBA season for the Trail Blazers, breaking NBA records, but why? #Dame #NBA #Deep3s
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Carmelo said we haven’t seen that in a long time and he’s right. Dame makes shooting 40 footers look ridiculously easy. Or when he dropped 61, then 47, then 51. And the best part is that the Trail Blazers win when Dame takes over.
There’s a lot of stats that show Damian Lillard has been great this season. He’s averaging 29.5 points and 7.9 assists on 46% from the field and 39.3% from 3. Through the first 44 games, he made more 30+ footers than any other player in NBA history did in a single season. He’s shot 42% on 30+ footers. It’s not a bad shot Paul George.
But there’s one very specific skill that allows and opens up the entire game for Dame and that is the force at which Lillard can dribble the ball. It’s the change of speed of the dribble that throws defenses off, especially behind the 3 point line. Dame can shoot from anywhere, which the defense is wary of so they are stepping up. Dame is only going to get small windows and he’s hunting for them. That hard dribble allows Dame to get the ball into the shot pocket so much quicker and shoot the ball off the dribble in the tiniest of windows. This is why Dame can shoot right as he’s using a screen in small space. Dame’s in sync with that dribble and rises with the ball on it’s way up leading to an effortless shot. It’s something we’ve seen Steph Curry do, but Dame’s force on the ball seems to be more. This leads a variety of hard dribbles like his sidestep shot that he did against the Thunder and against the Lakers, and just everywhere. \
While this allows Dame to shoot quickly, this doesn’t mean that a quick shot works all the time. Dame is able to recognize the slightest shifts in weight. A lot of good offensive players are great at reading players’ feet but Dame is good at making players ride to his rhythm.
While the intricacies and details of Dame’s playmaking are definitely more complicated, he makes it sound so simple and in reality it is for him. What he is doing is scanning the floor in a limited time when recognizing a double is coming and then making the best play from the information instead of just giving up the ball and hoping his teammates can do something from that. He’s putting his teammates in the best position to succeed. He’s patient. Also, PJ Tuckers was the center on the floor in this possession, the Rockets been ready for this no center lineup in January.
Playmaking isn’t the only way he’s getting past these double teams. Dame will still get his shots up because the defense is forced to double him up high or send help way above the three point line. Dame will open up one defender and then have all the space at the 3 point line to do whatever he wants. Because Dame is the best shooter from 35 feet, the defenses are spread extremely thin and this opens up rolls for Whiteside to go to the paint. In Dame’s triple double, 7 of those assists went to Whiteside. All of this is great, but perhaps the most important part of Dame’s game is his leadership. If Dame wanted, he didn’t have to stay especially after 4 of the 5 starters left 4 years ago, that’s just crazy but Dame’s continued commitment to the Trail Blazers, repeatedly saying he wants to build something there and doesn’t want to sell out.
If you look at the Trail Blazers, they are second in the league in isolations per game, but there is this dynamic of sharing the ball for isolations. The Rockets have 22.7 possessions of isolation of which Harden takes 14.3 so almost 66% and Westbrook takes 7.5 meaning 0.9 possessions of isolations are by all the other Rocket players combined.Meanwhile here’s a breakdown of the Trail Blazers, with only 11.6 isolation possessions for the team, Dame takes less than 50% and the offense gives room for others like Carmelo, Afernee Simmons, and Rodney Hood when he was playing. There are times where Dame defers to Carmelo for multiple possessions in a row. Dame and CJ have this dynamic relationship of just picking their spots.
So Damian Lillard is just a bad man, period. He can make any shot at any moment, he can create any shot he wants, and he’s going to do his best to lead whatever group of guys he has to a win. Remember, the Trail Blazers made the Conference Finals last year and that was behind the man Damian Lillard and he’s just been amazing this season in such a unique way, but what do you think? Can the Trail Blazers make the playoffs? Will Dame eventually win a championship?

  • Will the Trail Blazers make the playoffs? Tik Tok- Second Channel-

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY8 months ago
    • The blazers will not make the playoffs

      Supreme GamingSupreme Gaming4 months ago
    • Vid for anthony edwards

      Dope Flaming-goDope Flaming-go8 months ago
    • Hope so

      I-ManI-Man8 months ago
    • MJ2KALLDAY the thing that’s so good about him is that he’s efficient unlike harden and trae young who are so overrated

    • Dame the new Westbrook

      Mr PepperMr Pepper8 months ago
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    G HunchoG Huncho2 months ago
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    ZedzAAR ZaidanZedzAAR Zaidan3 months ago
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    LoackLoack3 months ago
  • Rip City! So proud to have this guy leading my team.

    Benji WebbBenji Webb3 months ago
  • dame already won a championship

    woan gracewoan grace3 months ago
  • Dame is my favorite also Kobe of course

    woan gracewoan grace3 months ago
  • hard

    Senzo MazibukoSenzo Mazibuko3 months ago
  • It is pronounced Anfernee sigh-mihns (simons) not anfernee sihm ins (simmons). Not ben simmons but rather he is anfernee simons. I am really gettting tired of the mispronunciation. Dame is really good.

    Ryan FyfeRyan Fyfe3 months ago
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    James DominiqueJames Dominique3 months ago
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    Sadarius SmithSadarius Smith3 months ago
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    Aven DebesayAven Debesay3 months ago
  • Curry is a better shooter all time but Lillard might be better now

    8248243 months ago
  • Love your videos. But I just watched 4 videos from you by now. You adding just the same memes(?) so many times. Let it be its too much sometimes. But that's just my opinion. Your videos are on point and you have the knowledge for the game. Keep up the work man.

    Regular FreakRegular Freak3 months ago
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    El JeffeEl Jeffe4 months ago
  • Dame is a great player

  • One more thing to add - Dame will be a great coach one day (just me speculating)

    Victor KononenkoVictor Kononenko4 months ago
    • Good point!

      David PDavid P4 months ago
  • This man is a rapper a father a nba player and still underrated Edit: HE WAS ALSO IN THE DUNK CONTEST AND THE 3PT CONTEST SAME YEAR

    Clxtch FlamezClxtch Flamez4 months ago
  • I still remember being in my friends basement at 3 AM when the Refs didn't call Gobert on the gaol-tending and we FREAKED

    Habu JabiHabu Jabi4 months ago
  • whats your favorite team?

    David nguyenDavid nguyen4 months ago
  • Where is one for Lebron 😑

    BigBallBigBall5 months ago
  • For me Lillard is Better than Harden

    Patrick RuizPatrick Ruiz5 months ago
  • Dame is my fav player

    happiness kinchirohappiness kinchiro5 months ago
  • Melo can’t take the spotlight away from him.

    Thunder ThighsThunder Thighs5 months ago
  • He also has a rap album out.

    Obedient ConsumerObedient Consumer5 months ago
  • I LOVE this CHANNEL so much & the content!!!! Please keep making this content! I’ve learned so much!! I’ve even been inspired to start posting new content on my channel. If you have the time I’d love for you to check it out and give any feedback. 💯🙏🏽🏀

    HoopdreamsbballHoopdreamsbball6 months ago
  • He plays more like Kobe kyrie doesn’t really play like Kobe more like Allen iverson

    TheApollox YTTheApollox YT6 months ago
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    Rajir Ray WilliamsRajir Ray Williams6 months ago
  • Yes

    Owen LevanatOwen Levanat6 months ago
  • whats the name of that song he plays during his video

    DemiDemi7 months ago
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    Bizzy is Busy ProductionsBizzy is Busy Productions7 months ago
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    ShehategeoShehategeo7 months ago
  • Why I sometimes don’t like MJ2KALLDAY 0% He’s trash 100% He does cringy Tiktoks

    daViDdaViD7 months ago
  • nobody gonna talk about how similar he is to curry

    Lazy 2kLazy 2k7 months ago
  • Do one on Malik Beasley from Timberwolves

    Abdullahi JamaAbdullahi Jama7 months ago
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    antony mojasantony mojas8 months ago
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    Marcus AndersonMarcus Anderson8 months ago
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    JaeJae8 months ago
  • Dame for MVP

    TrentGame15TrentGame158 months ago
  • You can’t shout out terry stotts😂 terry stotts isn’t a great coach. It’s great when the iso works. But the team has no team ball and no defense. Get them a better coach that won’t let this team get lazy

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    Jae MJae M8 months ago
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    Fin HavensFin Havens8 months ago
  • Why you got a arrow in every thumbnail

    Popular DerptPopular Derpt8 months ago
  • I’m not sure about the championship but my hopes are up. As a trailblazer fan who lives in Oregon and watches them live quite often, I do believe his success would be instant if he decided to leave. The organization has made it clear that if he’s ever unhappy and wants to leave they’ll do the best they can to put him where he wants to go, and the city is extremely grateful for his undoubted loyalty. The man is an absolute legend.

    Kenji QuiochoKenji Quiocho8 months ago
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    Tr3ixyTr3ixy8 months ago
  • 0:53 lol Damians a beast

    FenwayFenway8 months ago
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    Ty ElliottTy Elliott8 months ago
  • need work on defense so can lockup in clutch time

    Byron CollierByron Collier8 months ago
  • hard... idk watever

    redrulerredruler8 months ago
  • Do Russell Westbrook’s good stretch video next about how good he has been

    Jo GoatJo Goat8 months ago
  • He should be MVP one day...

    João CostaJoão Costa8 months ago
  • He's a real baller 😤

    Eli WyckEli Wyck8 months ago
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    Dat PhanDat Phan8 months ago
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    Ethan WellsEthan Wells8 months ago
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    abxn_gabxn_g8 months ago
  • I’ve always thought Damian was good asf 😳👏🏼 I’m glad he’s poppin off

    Papi ChuloPapi Chulo8 months ago
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    Caden HallCaden Hall8 months ago
  • Dame = New Mamba Mentality

    MrTeeReddMrTeeRedd8 months ago
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    Darnell ConstantDarnell Constant8 months ago
  • Bumped up the video?

    Julian StylesJulian Styles8 months ago
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    Official EmranOfficial Emran8 months ago
  • The part about Julian Newman made me laugh unnecessarily...He looked like he was struggling!!!!!

    IslandMahnIslandMahn8 months ago
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    DR MGDR MG8 months ago
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  • When the heck is Nurkic and Collins coming back?

    Ralf Oliver TabingRalf Oliver Tabing8 months ago
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    Tyrese HillTyrese Hill8 months ago
  • Great video 🙌🏽

    Josh LowryJosh Lowry8 months ago
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    / Mxrxz/ Mxrxz8 months ago
  • Dames the best point guard right now

    Michael MosseriMichael Mosseri8 months ago
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    Santiago BravoSantiago Bravo8 months ago
  • Anyone else thought this was THE video to watch while eating?

    Cyber FaceCyber Face8 months ago
  • Dame should get way more Isos maybe they could win some more games

    EastDirectionEastDirection8 months ago
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  • Can this man plz leave the blazer and join a team that is going to actually win , and let the man get a massage, his back is hurting from carrying his team that much

    A XA X8 months ago
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    Eric BituinEric Bituin8 months ago
  • bro explanation is so easy why Damian Lillard is good.... cus he practices a lot

    Anton EscobarAnton Escobar8 months ago
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    stxrmstxrm8 months ago
  • very similar to what they do in boxing

    DucDuc8 months ago
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    Sauce IversonSauce Iverson8 months ago
  • First

    Keyun PeytonKeyun Peyton8 months ago
  • Paul George it wasn’t a bad shot. It was bad defense

    Julian BenavidesJulian Benavides8 months ago
  • Hard Harden

    LuiHan _LuiHan _8 months ago
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    MxM Challenge ChannelMxM Challenge Channel8 months ago
  • There’s no hack to why there so good,it’s natural skills or talent,this ain’t no video game,he’s not hacking his shoots or anything,just hard work and dedication.Practice,y’all(not all of you guys🔥❤️)be thinking that they have aimbot or sum.

    Syclone TVSyclone TV8 months ago
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    ryan gallowayryan galloway8 months ago
  • HARDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|

    name pendingname pending8 months ago
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    YvngPicassoYvngPicasso8 months ago
  • 5:35-5:36 Blazers bench Guy in the middle

    Vits GVits G8 months ago
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    Joshua CaceresJoshua Caceres8 months ago
  • The title is pointing to his hair so I’m assuming he’s only good because of his waves

    Yvng VanillaYvng Vanilla8 months ago
    • Isaiah Grissett #yournotfunnypolice

      Tr1pZxy _FNTr1pZxy _FN7 months ago
  • Turn up the audio, shit too low

    Kamal DetervilleKamal Deterville8 months ago
  • Nobody:... MJ2KALLDAY: *some random word to describe a basketball player exists* I KNOW HOW I'M GONNA START MY VIDEO! WITH A DESCRIPTION!!!

    KingJacobzKingJacobz8 months ago
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    BH_ShftyBH_Shfty8 months ago
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    KingpwnKingpwn8 months ago
  • Lillard is 46%fg and dominating. Media : he is a god. Kobe career 45%fg Media : he is an iNeFfIciEnt shot chucker.

    Ibnziyad TariqIbnziyad Tariq8 months ago
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    Paul RashidiPaul Rashidi8 months ago