“Dame Time” if you say this word to an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, then you might get attacked. So, keep in mind not to use this word in Oklahoma because Damian Lillard won the series against the Thunders with a 37 foot 3 point shot, which still reverberates around the Moda Center, the home of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Until Game 5 of the first round, the series had been extremely competitive, with tempers flaring on both sides. But, with the clock winding down and the game still in the balance, not only did the five-time All-Star point guard win the game, but he also sent the Thunder’s back home to Oklahoma.
That is Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr. in a nutshell. He is the leader of the Portland-based franchise now and has been ever since he got drafted sixth overall by the Thunders.
So without wasting any more time, let’s look at what Lillard has achieved until now, along with his lifestyle, family, net worth, endorsements, and salary. Have a look at his quick facts first to get warmed up.
|Name||Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr.|
|Birthdate||15 July 1990|
|Age||29 year old|
|Height||6’2 ″ (1.88 m)|
|Teams||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Net Worth||$55 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
Damian Lillard: Career ( College & Professional)
Lillard started his College career with Weber State University after being recruited from Oakland High School. As a freshman, Dame averaged 11.5 points and 2.9 assists per game, which bagged him the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year.
In his sophomore year, Lillard stepped up his game as he led the Wildcats to the Conference Championship while averaging 19.7 points and 3.6 assists per game. For his excellent performances, the five-time all-star was named the Big Sky Player of the Year.
The following year, Damian was on course to replicate his previous season as he was averaging 19.7 points per game, but unfortunately, he got injured and sat out for the rest of the year. Due to his injury, Lillard had to take a medical redshirt.
The five-time all-star averaged 24.5 points per match and led the nation in scoring the whole year until Reggie Hamilton overtook him at the back end of the season. For the third consecutive season, Lillard earned himself an individual award as he was named the Big Sky Player of the Year award.
Due to his match-winning and leadership qualities, the Oaklander made himself the top point guard prospect on the 2012 NBA draft. Therefore, he decided to skip his senior year to enter the coveted draft lottery. Lillard was the second-highest scorer in Webster State history and fifth-highest scorer in Big Sky history when he finished his college career.
Being the top draft prospect in the point guard role, it came as no surprise when Portland Trail Blazers picked him sixth overall in the 2012 NBA draft. Damian would have been selected even higher had the franchises with higher picks needed a point guard. But they didn’t, so the Trail Blazers got their hands on one of the best point guards to play in the league currently.
Lillard scored 23 points on his debut and provided 11 assists against Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles Lakers. The same year, Dame became the first Trail Blazer to win an event at the NBA All-Star Weekend. He won the Skills Challenge along with scoring 18 points and six assists in the Rising Stars Challenge.
The Oaklander finished his rookie season with 19 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game. For his impressive performances, Lillard won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. His rookie season was so remarkable that the panel voted in favor of him unanimously.
The next season, Dame made his first All-Star appearance. He made his debut as historical as his season by appearing in five All-Star festivities, making Lillard the first player in NBA history to do so.
During the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Damian made a buzzer-beating three-point shot to win a playoff series against Houston Rockets. As a result, the point guard became the first player to win a series with a buzzer-beater since John Stockton against the same team.
The Trail Blazer’s point guard’s third season for the Portland outfit was his most prolific at that time. He averaged career-high 21 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.
Lillard got his second All-Star call-up when Blake Griffin got injured and consequently replaced Blake. The 2015-2016 season started with Damian signing a five-year $120 million contract extension with Portland.
The franchise recognized his hard work and performances on the field as they handed Lillard a mega-contract. It reflected in Dame’s performance his scoring increased from 21 points to 25.1 points and his assists from 6.2 to 6.8 from the previous season.
The following year, Lillard joined NBA royalty by becoming one of three players to reach 8,000 points and 2,000 assists in their first five seasons. The other two being arguably the best of all time in Michael Jordan and LeBron James. The same season, Lillard scored a franchise-record 59 points in a 101-86 win over the Utah Jazz.
The point guard made his debut in the All-NBA First Team for his outstanding showings in the 2017-18 season, including only the five best players from the 32 franchises in the NBA. As a result, Dame became only the third player in the franchise history to be selected after Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton.
Even though the Trail Blazers performed exceedingly well in all of the regular seasons that Lillard has been with them, they had never reached the conference finals. It all changed in the 2018-19 season as the Portland-based franchise reached its first conference finals since 2000.
The most notable moment in the conference finals run has to be the game-winning 37-foot 3-point buzzer-beating shot. One of the best two-way players of the current generation, Paul George, was guarding Damian. Still, it did not deter him from making the series-clinching buzzer-beater to send the Oklahoma City Thunder home.
The current season has seen Lillard raise the bar even more. He scored a career-high 61 points in a 129-124 win against Golden State Warriors, which went to overtime. During a stretch of eight games, which included the overtime win against the Warriors, Dame scored at least 34 points or more on fire.
Over the same period, the Oaklander set an NBA record six straight games with six 3-pointers. Even the great Stephen Curry has not managed that feat. The Portland franchise is currently the ninth seed in the Western Conference, one place outside the playoff spots.
At the time of writing, the five-time All-Star is averaging career highs 29.5 points and 7.9 assists along with 4.4 rebounds. With the season Dame is having, I have full confidence in the Trail Blazers and their star point guard to secure a playoff spot and even challenge for the NBA Championship.
2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020 NBA All-Star
2018 All-NBA First Team
2016, 2019 All-NBA Second Team
2014 All NBA Third Team
2013 NBA Rookie of the Year
2013 All-Rookie First Team
2012, 2013 NBA Rising Star
2013, 2014 NBA Skill Challenge
2012 AP Third-Team All-American
2012 NABC third-team All-American
2010, 2012 Big Sky Conference Player of the Year
2009, 2010, 2012 First-Team All-Big Sky
2010, 2012 Big Sky All-Tournament Team
2009 Big Sky Freshman of the Year
Jersey No.1 retired by Weber State.
Damian Lillard: Age, Height & Body Stats
The Oakland born native is one of the most skillful players currently in the NBA. Dame stands at 6 feet 2 inches, which makes him extremely quick and agile.
His short height makes him a dangerous threat to the opposing defenders as Lillard can not only shoot long-range 3-point shots but also fly past his guards to make a lay-up or score a mid-range floater.
On the one hand, Dame can break ankles at ease and score for himself while, on the other hand, he can also assist his teammates if they are in a better position to score. As a result, Damian is in the top three-point guards in the league currently.
Damian Lillard: Rap Career
The five-time All-Star is extremely talented off the basketball court and is a successful hip-hop artist and rapper. Lillard goes by the name of Dame D.O.L.L.A, which is short for Different On Levels the Lord Allows.
His cousins Eugene “Baby” Vasquez and Brookfield Duece, a successful rapper in Oakland, were the major influencers in the Oakland native’s rapping career. However, Lillard’s passion came to fruition when the talented point-guard released his first full-length single, “Soldier in the Game” through SoundCloud, an online music streaming site.
Since then, Dame has released three albums through his record label, Front Page Music. His first album The Letter O debuted on 21 October 2016 and was the seventh highest-selling album in the Billboard 2016 US R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, while his second album Confirmed released nearly a year later on 6 October 2017.
However, his third album, Big D.O.L.L.A, released on 9 August 2019, is his most popular to date as it features prominent stars like Lil Wayne, Mozzy, and Jeremih. It ranked 12 in the US Independent Album Chart, published by the famed Billboard Magazine.
Also, Lillard performed in the 2020 NBA All-Star games in memory of Kobe Bryant. As a result, he gained a host of new fans while also getting praised for his rapping skills.
Although Damian is an elite-level player in the NBA, he still has a lot to achieve in his Rap career to be considered as good as he is on the court. But judging by the never say die attitude of Lillard, I must say that he can become just as successful in rapping as he is in the basketball arena.
Damian Lillard: Contract & Net Worth
Even though the five-time All-Star was the best player on his team during his first three seasons in the NBA, he was still on a rookie contract. Therefore, in 2015 Lillard signed a five-year $120 million deal with Portland, and he deserves every penny because of his outstanding performances.
Recently, Dame signed a four-year super-max contract extension for $195 million. In doing so, he will be with the Trail Blazers until the 2024-25 season.
Consequently, Lillard will be the first NBA player in history to receive $50 million in salary in a single year. With this, the Portland-based franchise has secured its future for another four years.
Judging by his contract valuations, if you think that he is one rich dude, then you are not alone, my friend. As a matter of fact, the five-time All-Star is very wealthy, with a net worth of $55 million at just 29 years of age.
Furthermore, his net worth will grow even more when his $196 million contract kicks in at the end of this season. Also, Dame has endorsement deals with elite brands like Hulu, Panini, Spalding, State Farm, Spotify, and Toyota.
However, the Oakland native’s favorite sponsor has to be Adidas. In fact, Damian is provided with signature shoes and has a 10-year contract with the Germany-based sporting giants, which could be worth upto $100 million.
Damian Lillard: Family & Lifestyle
Damian is engaged to his college sweetheart Kay ‘la Hanson, with whom he has a son, Dame Jr. They are living a prosperous and luxurious life along with Lillard’s mother, Gina Johnson.
It may seem as though the five-time All-Star is as cold-hearted and intense off the court as he is on it. On the contrary, Dame is exceptionally loyal and loving, as suggested by his social media posts. Also, Lillard speaks about his family and friends in high regard.
For instance, he spent $2.8 million on the house in West Linn for his family as he wanted them to enjoy the luxurious lifestyle. On top of that, Lillard bought his mother a $100,000 SUV.
He also owns a $210,000 2021 Bentley Continental, which he drives most of the time. Besides, Damian has another house in Oswego, Oregon, which cost him $6.65 million.
Social Media Presence
Instagram: 7.3 million followers
Facebook: 3.1 million followers
Twitter: 1.9 million followers