Damian Lillard Tops NBA for Most Games with Under 35% Shooting on 15+ FGAs

‣ Damian Lillard, Milwaukee Bucks guard, leads the NBA this season for the most games shooting less than 35% on 15 or more field goal attempts.
‣ Despite a decrease in his overall performance compared to previous seasons, Lillard ranks third in total clutch points this season, indicating his ability to perform under pressure.
‣ Lillard holds the second-best odds to win the NBA Clutch Player of the Year Award, an honor given to the NBA player who best performs in high-pressure situations.

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Damian Lillard, the Milwaukee Bucks guard, is leading the NBA this season. He’s had the most games shooting below 35% on 15 or more field goal attempts. The total stands at eight.

Donovan Mitchell is hot on his heels with seven, followed by Jaren Jackson Jr. with six. Jalen Brunson and Jaylen Brown are tied at five each.

Lillard has had 34 starts this season. His average stats are impressive: 25.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He’s also clocking in at 35.4 minutes per game.

His shooting stats are solid too. He’s hitting 42.8% from the field, 35.2% beyond the arc, and 91.6% at the foul line.

Let’s talk about the game against the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 19. Milwaukee won 132-119, and Lillard was on fire. The seven-time All-NBA member scored a season-high 40 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out four assists, and snatched three steals in 35 minutes.

In terms of ranking, Lillard is 17th in the NBA in points (855) this season. He’s 11th in assists (233), 14th in 3-pointers (103), fourth in free throws (252), ninth in offensive win shares (3.4), and 20th in minutes played (1,205).

His usage percentage? It’s 27.8% this season, which is the lowest since the 2014-15 season.

But, let’s compare these numbers to his last season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard finished 11th in points (1,866), fifth in 3-pointers (244), sixth in free throws (510), second in offensive box plus/minus (8.3), and fifth in usage percentage (33.8%).

Lillard’s earnings aren’t too shabby either. He’s raking in $45.64 million this season and is set to make $48.78 million in 2024-25. This is part of the four-year, $176 million extension he signed with Portland in 2019.

Now, let’s shift gears a bit. Lillard holds the second-best odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year. Quite a feat, considering he averaged a career-high 32.2 points per game with Portland last season. His 25.1 points-per-game average this season with Milwaukee is his lowest since the 2021-22 season.

Lillard’s take on this? “I respect the criticism and I respect the praise. I don’t get moved off my square,” he told reporters on Monday.

But when it comes to clutch points, Lillard is still playing better than ever in his 12th NBA season. The seven-time All-Star ranks third in total clutch points this season below Stephen Curry (113) and Mikal Bridges (86).

Lillard has 82 clutch points to his name. That beats Trae Young (74), DeMar DeRozan (71), Nikola Jokic (71), Giannis Antetokounmpo (62), LeBron James (62), Tyrese Haliburton (60), and Kevin Durant (58).

The NBA Clutch Player of the Year Award is quite prestigious. It’s given to the NBA player who “best comes through for his teammates in the clutch” in the regular season. The winner receives the Jerry West Trophy.

The award debuted for the 2022-23 season. Players are voted on by a media panel via nominations from NBA head coaches. De’Aaron Fox won the first award over Jimmy Butler and DeRozan.

NBA sportsbooks are giving Damian Lillard second-best odds below Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year. Curry, James, and Luka Doncic are still showing great odds at sportsbooks.

Despite shooting a lot of bricks, Lillard still comes through in the clutch.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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