Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr. is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers as a point guard. He is one of the best point guards in the league who is known for making deep shots. His ability and history of making clutch shots have led him to be nicknamed “Dame Time”. He is also a rapper on the side and his stage name is Dame D.O.L.L.A..
Damian Lillard was born on July 15, 1990 in Oakland, California. He played his junior and senior years of high school basketball for Oakland High School. He wasn’t very highly recruited out of high school and decided to play for the Weber State Wildcats for his college career. He played all four years and averaged around 24 points during his senior season. Upon completion of his senior year, he declared for the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Portland Trail Blazers selected Dame with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Just like the franchise that drafted him, Dame had a trail blazing rookie season. His performances won him the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year. His second season saw him selected to his first NBA All-Star and All-NBA team (Third). He also hit one of the most memorable shots of the 2010s, hitting a three pointer with the time expiring to send Houston home in the first round. That was their first playoff series win since 2000.
Although Damian Lillard turned out to be a perennial All-NBA talent, The Trail Blazers’ front office was never able to build a serious contender around him. His only all-star teammate throughout his career was Lamarcus Aldridge who left in 2015. CJ McCollum was the second option for the Trail Blazers but was often injured. The Trail Blazers made it to the Western Conference Finals once and even so they were swept by the Warriors.
Dame’s loyalty is the only reason he hasn’t jumped ship to team up with another superstar. He has put the franchise on his back. To him, it’s Portland or nothing.
With the Team USA Basketball Team, he won a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
NBA Awards and Accolades
|NBA All-Star||6 times (2014, 2015, 2018-2021)|
|All-NBA First Team||2018|
|All-NBA Second Team||4 times (2016, 2019-2021)|
|All-NBA Third Team||2014|
|NBA Rookie of the Year||2013|
|NBA All-Rookie First Team||2013|
Damian Lillard has amassed a net worth of $70 million over his nine year career. His current NBA Contract will pay him $39,344,900 through the 2021-2022 NBA Season. Lillard has a shoe deal with Adidas and his other endorsements include Panini, Powerade, Spalding, Foot Locker, JBL, Biofreeze, Moda Health, and Hulu. Forbes estimates that he earns around $14 million from his endorsements. He also earns from the albums he released as Dame D.O.L.L.A..
Dame was born in Oakland, California to Gina Johnson and Houston Lillard. His siblings are Houston Jr. and Lanae Lillard. He married his long time partner Kay’la Hanson in September 2021. The couple have three kids: Damian Jr., Kali, and Kalii.