Through his first four seasons in the league, Damian Lillard has established himself as one of the premier players in the NBA. Lillard has progressively improved with each passing campaign. With that in mind, the 26-year-old has set a lofty goal for himself heading into his fifth campaign.
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) October 23, 2016
Although the odds are against him with players such as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard receiving much recognition, it’s still a possibility. Remember, Lillard finished seventh in the MVP voting garnering 26 total points. This has at least put him on the map as a legitimate MVP candidate.
If he can get the Trail Blazers off to a strong start to the season, it could boost his chance from the get go. Much of this will have to be through his scoring as he finished with a career-high 25.1 points, which was sixth best in the league. He was also eighth with a career-high 6.8 assists. If Lillard can improve on these numbers even further while leading the Trail Blazers to one of the top seeds in the Western Conference, he could legitimately have a shot at capturing his first NBA award.