Damian Lillard to all events: Can he have the most successful All-star weekend ever?

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

Damian Lillard is having a heck of a year. He may not be the best PG in the West but he's definitely cementing himself as a top 20 NBA player. With his lightning quick speed and his amazing shooting (second in my opinion to Curry only) this guy seems to be molding the full package at the PG.

And now he has the honor of being the first person EVER to participate in all events in the All-star game. I know he's still growing into a major name brand…..but can this be Lillard's coming out weekend where he wins multiple awards and has the most successful all-star weekend ever?

Brett Debbold
Brett Debbold
Senior Columnist

He would have to do something truly incredible to make the All Star Weekend a coming out party. Mostly because the All Star game doesn't really matter (and neither do the competitions). Coming out parties usually take place in the playoffs (where Steph Curry became a star last year), and that's where Lillard will have to make a name for himself, not All Star weekend.

Derek Wizzle
Derek Wizzle
Editor

He might be so tired and not win any lol

I'm with @Brett Debbold

Josh Miller
Josh Miller
Senior Columnist

Pretty great that a star like this is doing every event. I gotta commend the young fella and wish him the best of luck.

Gorev Ahuja
Gorev Ahuja
Senior Columnist

I applaud him for being in all the events. I hope he does well to excite other stars to enter the events because that's the only way the All Star Weekend will be relevant again.

Dan Moberger
Dan Moberger
Senior Analyst

I'm with @Brett Debbold. He can have the best All-Star weekend ever, but it's not a coming out party for him as a player. That has to happen in the playoffs, not in meaningless competitions when half the guys are joking around. Even if he does something incredible, I don't see him getting more respect as a player, although the added attention on the national stage will give the more casual basketball fans a good look at one of the league's young, rising and under-appreciated talents.