Is Damian Lillard worth a supermax contract? | The Tylt
Is Damian Lillard worth a supermax contract?
If anyone deserves a supermax contract, it's Damian Lillard.
After years of languishing in first- and second-round playoff exits, Lillard was the driving force that led the Trail Blazers into the Western Conference Finals. He averaged a career-high in the playoffs with 26.9 points per game, and thrilled fans with some of the most electrifying clutch play in the postseason so far.
He is the most important member of the team and one of the best players in the league. He deserves a supermax deal.
Lillard is good, but giving him a supermax contract would be a mistake, especially for a smaller market team like the Trail Blazers.
Sinking in over $47 million per year on one player is not worth sacrificing the stability of the team. Lillard is just one player who hasn't proved he can carry a team on his own like LeBron James. Without spreading money around more, Portland won't be able to retain important role players or get another star to match-up with him and C.J. McCollum.
If you take out the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lillard shot 39.5 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from three-point range, and also dropped from averaging 33 points per game in the first series to 24.1 points the rest of the playoffs.