This one, Damian Lillard said, was different. The Trail Blazers guard was chosen to his third All-Star team on Tuesday, and Lillard said this selection has a different feel than those in 2014 and 2015. "It's different because it came after the beginning years,'' Lillard said. "(In 2014 and 2015) I was on a team with vets. This one is on a team I've been the leader of. Like, I had to really earn my spot more this time around. Feels like I've done three years of work for this one spot.'' Lillard was selected through a vote of coaches. He is averaging 25.2 points, 6.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 40 games. Lillard the past two seasons was bypassed as a reserve, perhaps because the Blazers had a subpar record, perhaps because coaches didn't value his defensive skills, or perhaps because he competed in a star-studded Western Conference.
Damian Lillard on his All-Star selection: 'This one is different'
NBC Sports Northwest | Jan 25