Damian Lillard
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Damian Lillard opened up about the possibility of being in the NBA MVP conversation in the 2020/21 season.

Lillard said this can happen if the Portland Trail Blazers are a ‘winning team’.

“I feel like if we’re a winning team and we’re in that top two, top three — then I think it’s definitely a real possibility. Maybe because I had a good run in the bubble and I had a good run before I hurt my groin last year [right before the All-Star break]. It was pretty much the last probably 30, 35 games of the season,” Lillard said, via Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest.

Last season, Lillard averaged 30.0 points (on 46.3 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.1 steals for the Blazers. Lillard was unstoppable in the Orlando “bubble” and helped his team reach the playoffs.

Portland enters the 2020/21 season as a serious playoff contender.