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Damian Lillard | Guard | #0

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
College: Weber State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (6) / POR
Contract: view contract details

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Damian Lillard finished Sunday's road win with 23 points (6-of-13 FGs, 9-of-9 FTs), two 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 31 minutes.
Lillard's availability tonight wasn't guaranteed because his girlfriend is due to give birth to their son on March 19 -- he was essentially 'on call' all weekend. He shouldn't be a DNP risk during the upcoming three-game week, though, since Portland hosts the Rockets on Monday and the Celtics on Friday, before traveling to OKC for Sunday's game. He's scored 20+ points in a career-best 15 straight games, and fantasy owners can deploy him with total confidence. Mar 19 - 1:15 AM

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Shabazz Napier rolled his right ankle in the second half on Wednesday, but he continued playing to finish with nine points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

Damian Lillard (strained right calf) was back in action tonight, which bumped Napier to the second unit and eroded his minutes. He was terrific filling in as the starting PG, though, and may have secured an 18-24 minute role from coach Terry Stotts. Napier is also a great handcuff for Lillard, even though Dame has been extremely durable throughout his career. Barring a pessimistic update about Napier's ankle, we'll leave him off the injury report.
Jan 11 - 12:38 AM

Shabazz Napier will come off the Blazers' bench on Wednesday.

No surprise here, as the Blazers welcome Damian Lillard (calf) back into the starting lineup. Dame is expected to be on a minute-limit, though, which could boost Napier's playing time in the short-term.
Jan 10 - 8:08 PM

Shabazz Napier racked up 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer as a fill-in starter on Sunday, making 7-of-9 shots in 33 minutes of action.

Damian Lillard was ruled out before tip-off due to his strained right calf, although it doesn't sounds like he'll miss much time -- the training staff thought it was "smarter" if he took the night off vs. the short-handed Spurs. Napier is a terrific handcuff for Lillard in deeper leagues, and he's worth opportunistic streaming in most situations whenever Lillard is unavailable. In case you missed his impressive effort tonight, follow the link for a sample of his efforts at both ends of the court.
Jan 8 - 12:20 AM

Moe Harkless sprang to life in 24 minutes vs. the Spurs, making 7-of-10 FGs for 19 points with five rebounds, three 3-pointers, two blocks and one steal.

He added 2-of-2 free throws tonight, and this comes on the heels of a DNP-CD on Friday. The difference is that Damian Lillard (calf) was held out of tonight's game, which bumped Shabazz Napier to the starting PG spot and opened up the reserve rotation. It's no coincidence that Harkless' season-high of 22 points came on Dec. 23, in a game Lillard missed, and he's not worth owning in most leagues with such a tumultuous role.
Jan 8 - 12:18 AM

C.J. McCollum led the Blazers to a 124-120 overtime win in Chicago, scoring 32 points on 11-of-30 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with five 3-pointers, eight assists and six rebounds in 45 minutes.

McCollum scored Portland's final six points in OT, and his flurry late in regulation is the only reason they were in position to win on the road tonight. As if that weren't enough, C.J. even dished out some fantasy advice regarding teammate Damian Lillard after the game. He said he couldn't speak to how Lillard feels or whether he'll play on Tuesday, before adding, "But if I’m a fantasy owner, I’d start him."
Jan 1 - 11:52 PM

Shabazz Napier started vs. the Bulls on Monday, making 3-of-13 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs to finish with 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal.

Napier added one 3-pointer without any turnovers in 41 minutes of action, helping Portland prevail on the road in Chicago. He burned bright in Damian Lillard's absence, but with Lillard due back on Tuesday his value will take a big hit overnight. Over the past five games, the 26-year-old PG has averaged 18.0 points, 1.8 triples, 5.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 0.4 blocks. He's an obvious handcuff in deep leagues.
Jan 1 - 11:50 PM

Shabazz Napier made another start for Damian Lillard (hamstring) on Thursday and hit 7-of-14 shots, 2-of-6 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws for a season-high 23 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 34 minutes of a 114-110 win over the Sixers.

It's tough to tell if Napier or Jusuf Nurkic was the bigger hero tonight, but Napier was awesome, scoring 22 of his 23 points in the second half and racking up 15 points in the fourth quarter. He was 0-for-5 for one point before the break, but has been rolling without Lillard in the lineup, scoring at least 14 points in five straight games. He's been really fun over his last five games, but Lillard could be ready for Saturday's game against the Hawks, and once he's back, Napier is going to take a hit, no matter how good he's looked recently.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:52:00 AM

Shabazz Napier is listed as the Blazers starting point guard in place of Damian Lillard (hamstring strain) for Friday's game vs. Denver.

Napier started the last two games of the 2016-17 regular season for Portland and averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.5 minutes over those two contests. While he almost certainly won't approach those numbers this weekend, he should be expected to log minutes in the upper-20s and will be a very popular DFS option on Friday night. C.J. McCollum and Evan Turner will also likely see an increase in their usage rate.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 01:53:00 PM

Shabazz Napier played 27 minutes and hit 5-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, four boards, three assists, a steal and a block off the bench on Monday.

Napier is quietly averaging 11.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games in 22 minutes. Napier is worth a look as a DFS punt right now, as well as a deep-league pickup. And if Damian Lillard were to miss Wednesday's game against the Sixers with an ankle injury, Napier could be a must-play in that one.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 11:57:00 PM

C.J. McCollum went off for a season-high 36 points in a 98-97 loss to the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Damian Lillard couldn't get anything going and had 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting, but McCollum kept the Blazers in this one. He finished 14-of-26 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, adding two rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes. He's flirting with second-round value in standard 9-category leagues right now and his owners shouldn't expect anything less the rest of the way.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 01:38:00 AM

Shabazz Napier (hamstring) did not play vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

Napier's injury has spoiled his preseason, but he has the luxury of a guaranteed contract. Competing backup PGs Isaiah Briscoe and Archie Goodwin have failed to distinguish themselves, and none of these guys will have fantasy value unless iron-man Damian Lillard misses games.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 01:23:00 AM

Ed Davis will slide into the starting lineup for Wednesday's exhibition against Phoenix, with Jusuf Nurkic (concussion) unavailable.

Joining Davis in the starting five for Wednesday's preseason game will be Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu. Nurkic should be good to go by opening night, but Davis is still a candidate to start at the four-spot, although Caleb Swanigan has made a pretty strong case that he's deserving of the starter designation. Regardless of how Davis enters the game, it'll be tough for him to make much of an impact in fantasy hoops this season with the depth around him.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 01:18:00 PM

Caleb Swanigan will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's preseason matchup with the Clippers.

Swanigan has been making a strong case to open the year as Portland's starting four-man with Noah Vonleh (shoulder) injured, and this will be his first time through the preseason actually running with the first unit. Joining Biggie in the starting five will be Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic. If Swanigan is able to establish himself as a starter, he'll be someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 03:36:00 PM

Damian Lillard said he doesn't see Carmelo Anthony joining the Blazers via trade despite his recruiting efforts.

"I’m not giving up on anything," Lillard said. "I just think I’ve done what I can do. And camp is a few weeks away. And you have to focus on getting ready with who we are, plan on going in as we are. Whatever changes, the front office will be the ones making that change, with the Knicks and our front office or whatever." With training camp just a few weeks away, Melo is still only willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Rockets. For now, expect Melo to open the season as a Knick.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 10:10:00 AM

C.J. McCollum will return to the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday.

McCollum sat out Portland's final two regular season games with a minor hand issue, but he was never expected to miss any postseason action. Joining McCollum in the starting five for today's matinee will be Damian Lillard, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 03:20:00 PM

C.J. McCollum (right hand strain) will not play Monday vs. the Spurs.

He might be done for the rest of the regular season with Portland locked in as the No. 8 seed out West. The Blazers are currently listing Pat Connaughton as their starting two sans McCollum, but it'll likely be Evan Turner picking up most of McCollum and Allen Crabbe's (foot) minutes. It's not a great matchup, but with the amount of opportunity coming Turner's way, he could be someone to look to in daily leagues.
Mon, Apr 10, 2017 02:45:00 PM

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