Damian Lillard
#0 Point Guard

Damian Lillard

Height / Weight
6' 2" / 195 lbs
Born
Jul 15, 1990 (31)
College
Weber State
NBA Draft
1st Round, 6th Overall, 2012
Nationality
American
SEASON STATS
2021-2022
PTS
21.4
-6.9
Rebounds
4.0
-0.2
Assists
7.8
+0.4
PER
20.89
-8.83
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: Damian Lillard
Nickname: Dame, Big Game Dame
Place of Birth: Oakland, California
Shoe Size: 16
Education: Weber State
Parents: Houston Lillard Sr., Gina Johnson
Spouse: Kay’La Hanson

Damian Lillard Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Damian Lillard is an American pro basketball player who currently plays point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was born July 15, 1990, in Oakland, California. He grew up in the Bay Area and wasn’t considered an elite prospect in high school. Lillard played college basketball at Weber State. As a redshirt junior, he was one of the top scorers in the country, putting him on the NBA radar. 

The Trail Blazers selected Lillard 6th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. He immediately stepped into the starting lineup for Portland and earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. The following year, Lillard averaged more than 20 points per game for the first time in his career, making it a regular occurrence. He also made the All-Star Team for the first time in what would become a regular occurrence. Lillard has continued to be one of the NBA’s best point guards and has led the Trail Blazers to the playoffs every season but his rookie year.

Outside of basketball, Lillard also has a career as a rapper under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A., which stands for Different On Levels the Lord Allows. He released his debut album, The Letter O, in 2016. He has since released two more albums, Confirmed in 2017 and Big D.O.L.L.A. in 2019.

Damian Lillard Basketball Career

High School Career (St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Oakland High School)

Damian Lillard spent his sophomore year of high school at St Joseph Notre Dame High School, a private school in Alameda, California. However, due to a lack of playing time, he transferred to Oakland High School. He averaged 19.4 points as a junior and 22.4 points and 5.3 assists as a senior, earning First Team All-League honors both years. However, most recruiting services listed Lillard as a two-star prospect.

College Career (Weber State)

Lillard accepted a scholarship to Weber State, a Big Sky school in Ogden, Utah. He was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-Big Sky after averaging 11.5 points per game as a freshman. As a sophomore, Lillard averaged 19.9 points per game and was named Big Sky Player of the Year. He helped the Wildcats win the Big Sky regular-season title in both his freshman and sophomore years.

As a junior, Lillard was off to a strong start before suffering a foot injury that forced him to take a medical redshirt. He returned from the injury the following year and averaged 24.5 points per game, which was second highest in the country. Lillard won Big Sky Player of the Year for the second time. Despite having one year of eligibility left, Lillard left Weber State to end the NBA Draft.

Lillard was selected 6th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA Draft. He had 23 points and 11 assists in Portland’s season-opening, becoming the third player in league history with over 20 points and at least 10 assists in his NBA debut. The rest, as they say, is history. Lillard would start every game as a rookie, averaging 19 points and 6.5 assists on his way to being named Rookie of the Year.

In his second pro season, Lillard was named an all-star for the first time and was named to the All-NBA Third Team after averaging 20.7 points and 5.6 assists per game. Lillard continued to average over 20 points per game every season, including a career-high 27 points per game during the 2016-17 season. He made the All-Star Team again in 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2018, Lillard was named First-Team All NBA. 

Lillard was instrumental in the Trail Blazers making the playoffs every season beginning in 2014, including a run to the Western Conference Finals in 2019. During the 2019-20 season, Lillard set a new career-high with 61 points in a win over the Golden State Warriors. He also recorded the first triple-double of his career in a win over the Houston Rockets.

Damian Lillard Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Entering the 2019-20 season, Damian Lillard had made an estimated $93.3 million from his NBA salary over the first seven seasons of his career. That number is set to grow substantially after Lillard and the Trail Blazers agreed to a four-year, $196 supermax deal in 2019. His salary will surpass the $40 million threshold during the 2021-22 season and the $50 million threshold during the 2023-24 season.

As a rookie, Lillard signed an endorsement deal with Adidas. He signed an extension with Adidas two years later that’s worth as much as $100 million over 10 years. Lillard also has endorsement deals with Powerade, Hulu, Spalding, Panini, Foot Locker, JBL, Biofreeze and Moda Health.

Damian Lillard signed a two-year, $6.3 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012.

Damian Lillard signed a five-year, $140 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015.

Damian Lillard signed a four-year, $196 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2019.

Damian Lillard Personal Life

Damian Lillard grew up in East Oakland with parents Houston Lillard Sr. and Gina Johnson. He has a brother named Houston and a sister named Lanae. His brother Houston played college football at Southeast Missouri State and in the Indoor Football League. In February 2020, Lillard became engaged to longtime girlfriend Kay’La Hanson. The two have been together since Lillard’s college days at Weber State. In March 2018, Hanson gave birth to the couple’s first child, Damian Lillard Jr.

Lillard also has a career as a recording artist. In July 2015, he released his first single “Soldier in the Game” under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. He has his own record label called Front Page Music. To date, Lillard has released three studio albums.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
5 x NBA All-Star
2014, 2015, 2018-2020
1 x All-NBA First Team
2018
2 x All-NBA Second Team
2016, 2019
1 x All-NBA Third Team
2014
1 x Rookie of the Year
2013
1 x All-Rookie First Team
2013
Awards and Honors by Year:
2013
Rookie of the Year, All-Rookie First Team
2014
NBA All-Star, All-NBA Third Team
2015
NBA All-Star
2016
All-NBA Second Team
2018
NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team
2019
NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team
2020
NBA All-Star

Damian LIllard Quotes

  • “I'm rapping, I'm hooping, I'm on a max-contract, I got a big shoe deal. Everything is good now. So of course, the support is going to be there, the love is going to be there, but what's going to happen when it changes or when I'm on the back-end of my career or when I ain't on TV all the time?”
  • “I'm loyal to Portland. I want to play my whole career here, but at any moment, they can decide we want somebody else.”
  • “Sometimes, it's just your turn to go through hard times.”
  • “This era is like, 'Oh, I want to win championships, and how many rings do you have?' I've said that's what I play for: to win. But I'm not as overly consumed by that as how I treat people around me. And how I care about the people around me.”
  • “A lot of people kind of... conform. I don't want it to sound like I'm saying don't care about championships. That's not my point. But what I'm saying is a lot of people give in to the pressure of, 'I didn't have this; I didn't have rings.'”

Damian Lillard Fun Facts

  • Damian Lillard attended St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, which is the same school that produced Jason Kidd.
  • Damian Lillard grew up a fan of the Golden State Warriors.
  • Damian Lillard wears the number 0 in the NBA as an homage to the places he’s lived: Oakland, Ogden, and now Oregon.
  • Damian Lillard says he’s scared of historic statues.
  • Damian Lillard left Weber State before graduating but returned to school and got his degree in May 2015.
  • Damian Lillard established the RESPECT program in Portland to push kids to work hard and graduate from high school.
  • Before becoming teammates, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum became friends via Twitter.
Career stats
2021-2022
POR
2020-2021
POR
2019-2020
POR
2018-2019
POR
2017-2018
POR
2016-2017
POR
2015-2016
POR
2014-2015
POR
2013-2014
POR
2012-2013
POR
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2021-2022
20 35.5 39.7 30.2 91.1 4.0 7.8 0.4 0.7 21.4
2020-2021
68 35.3 45.1 39.1 92.7 4.2 7.4 0.2 0.9 28.3
2019-2020
66 37.5 46.3 40.1 88.8 4.3 8.0 0.3 1.1 30.0
2018-2019
80 35.5 44.4 36.9 91.2 4.6 6.9 0.4 1.1 25.8
2017-2018
73 36.6 43.9 36.1 91.6 4.5 6.6 0.4 1.1 26.9
2016-2017
75 35.9 44.4 37.0 89.5 4.9 5.9 0.3 0.9 27.0
2015-2016
75 35.7 41.9 37.5 89.2 4.0 6.8 0.4 0.9 25.1
2014-2015
82 35.7 43.4 34.3 86.4 4.6 6.2 0.3 1.2 21.0
2013-2014
82 35.8 42.4 39.4 87.1 3.5 5.6 0.3 0.8 20.7
2012-2013
82 38.6 42.9 36.8 84.4 3.1 6.5 0.2 0.9 19.0
Recent Games
Mon 11/29
Fri 11/26
Wed 11/24
Tue 11/23
Sat 11/20
Wed 11/17
Mon 11/15
Fri 11/12
Wed 11/10
Tue 11/9
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Mon 11/29
L 107-129
31 11 0 6 6 5 0 1 2
Fri 11/26
L 103-118
38 16 0 0 0 6 1 0 4
Wed 11/24
L 121-125
39 32 2 4 6 10 0 0 2
Tue 11/23
W 100-119
31 25 0 3 3 5 1 0 1
Sat 11/20
W 111-118
37 39 0 0 0 7 0 3 4
Wed 11/17
W 107-112
40 22 0 4 4 10 1 1 4
Mon 11/15
W 113-118
40 24 2 2 4 8 2 1 3
Fri 11/12
W 104-92
38 20 0 6 6 7 0 1 2
Wed 11/10
L 109-119
38 28 0 7 7 7 0 0 2
Tue 11/9
L 109-117
38 27 1 4 5 6 0 0 2