Stephen A.: Damian Lillard is underappreciated | First Take 

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Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman discuss whether Portland Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard is under-appreciated following Dallas Mavericks PG Luka Doncic being named as an NBA All-Star starter over Lillard.
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Feb 19, 2021




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Ted Logan
Ted Logan Day ago
Funny thing is that Dame is averaging close to or better is some categories as Kobe did in his MVP season....
Jesse W
Jesse W 2 days ago
PG is underrated!!!
ClipperTown In LA
Rudy gobert. Leonard, james. Mitchell, dame. Curry on the bench jokic on the bench might be Rudy's career yr this yr
Tomislav Badurina
Bobby Walsh
Bobby Walsh 4 days ago
Max did you say the blazers don’t make playoff runs? Lol.
Bobby Walsh
Bobby Walsh 4 days ago
Why are they asking if lillard is under appreciated still??? Lolololol. It’s widely known, and considering these are NBA analysis... it’s completely silly and even more disrespectful to bring up this question now. We’re passed that. And all Lillard will continue to do is use this as medicine to flourish more. It’s all he ever does! Dame time is 24/7 365.
Jason Au
Jason Au 4 days ago
Dame is not under appreciated at all. Yall sucked him to no end all of last year. And every time he gets swept or loses in the first round yall make excuses.
Jason Au
Jason Au 4 days ago
Since when did we care so much about starters? When we say 6x all star we don’t say 3x starter. It’s just starter. Dame should be starting over Luka but as long as he’s an allstar he’s good.
Ricoda Boss
Ricoda Boss 4 days ago
lol dame lilliard is shooting 41percent from 30 ft away from the basket. Insane.
Michael Kaneko
Michael Kaneko 4 days ago
@stephen A; Curry is the greatest shooter God has ever created lol
Rog Schuerman
Rog Schuerman 4 days ago
The poised duck surgically slip because sound mostly inform under a special ladybug. hard, jobless packet
vondior 5 days ago
Aside from bball Dame can spite some crazy bars, him and shumpert
bob bib
bob bib 5 days ago
he might be more clutch shooter but is he a better PG then luka overall?
robel tsegaye
robel tsegaye 5 days ago
Damien is a demon! 😈🏀🔥
Alex Caruso Junior.
This is same argument why Lebron James who is clearly the best player every year doesn’t win MVP.... because he is UNDERAPPRECIATED
Amman Michael
Amman Michael 5 days ago
“He is among the most respected superstars in American team sports” MAX STOP CAPPIN BRUH🤣
Gordoh20 5 days ago
Who is having a better year? Curry 29.9ppg 5.4rpg 6.2apg /lillard 30.0ppg 4.5rpg 7.9apg /doncic 29.1ppg 8.6rpg 9.4ppg . The answer is luka I believe he’s leading his team in points, rebounds, and assist So the fans have it right
John Doe
John Doe 5 days ago
This the same dude that was telling ppl to pump the brakes when they were praising him 😂😂😂 this dude is a hypocrite fr
The Big Knicka - Boka
I think its the market dame is in
Lonnie Knight
Lonnie Knight 5 days ago
James Harden in the east is being disrespected also!
Jon Mays
Jon Mays 5 days ago
The fact that every single sports channel is talking how he's under appreciated shows that he's not. You want to talk about under appreciated then talk about Donovan Mitchell. Lillards team is 5th in the west..Donovan Mitchell's team is 1st in the whole dang NBA. Smh.
tai. McDonald
tai. McDonald 5 days ago
Luca or steph shouldn’t have made it over dame this year for back court
Юлия Васик
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Kobe_b 5 days ago
I swear the media says this every year. The media always talk about dame getting snubbed. If its anyone's fault for Dame being snubbed it is the media. They control the narrative unfortunately.
Nix 41
Nix 41 5 days ago
Dame is not underappreciated, nor disrespected. He's just not that popular as compared to the starting 5 of the west.
Eric Bilodeau
Eric Bilodeau 6 days ago
The Warriors know it? 😂😂😂😂😂 Lillard is the one who blew 4 straight 15pt 4th quarter leads to the Warriors in last years playoffs. As great as a closer as Lillard has been in general, he's been just as spectacularly atrocious of a closer against the Warriors. That was a historically bad result. Game after game after game pissing away a massive lead in the 4th quarter and getting swept. Not really what a great closer does. Not only did he not mount a single come back. He didn't win a single game. And he actually faceplanted 4x in a row 😂
Ethan Turner
Ethan Turner 6 days ago
i think currys averaging thurty
TONEakaSHOW 6 days ago
This isn't nothing new, in the early 2000s rasheed Wallace and Chris Webber use to hoop every year. They rarely made all stars due to Duncan and KG being in the west. Dame is in a PG packed conference, sucks but it is what it is.
Art Junior
Art Junior 6 days ago
He’s actually not under appreciated, part of his shortcomings is coming up short in every playoffs they’re in.
KNK Yeung
KNK Yeung 6 days ago
This is like you have the best record on NBA2K but the AI don't consider your player for All stars, MVP, DOP....and the only thing you got is Coach of the year.
Kentucky Fried Children
If everyone says he's underrated then he is not underrated.
Thandie Brynard
Thandie Brynard 6 days ago
Stephan A thank you for acknowledging that Dame is under appreciated, clearly Max has no idea like always
Vince Bliddack203
Steph numbers are not better
Ian Samuel
Ian Samuel 6 days ago
closing? anyone remember when luka caught a ball in the air going out of bounds and drained a 3 for the game? dude was a rookie.
Cameron No
Cameron No 6 days ago
I'm with Max, and I don't see how this is a question anymore. "Under-appreciated" with the biggest contract in NBA history, a well-known phrase in "Dame-time," and with consistent mentions of your accolades? Dame is an elite player, but he gets his money, his attention, and everything else. Chill.
Charles Murray
Charles Murray 6 days ago
Stars are lost in Portland
Theophilus 6 days ago
I'd rather see the starters from the East and the West go at it rather than do a draft.
Golden Eye
Golden Eye 6 days ago
Not so long ago Skip said he wasnt a superstar smh , they need to start putting some respect on dame dolla
Trevon Ricks
Trevon Ricks 6 days ago
@Bobby Hill since I know you can't read.
grandmaster3211 6 days ago
Nah Forget that. He can't beat steph. Never finishes top 3 in standings. The year he did he got BOUNCED by anthony davis. Never led the league in anything. Chose to stay in Portland and promotes his albums more than recruiting any 1. He's rightly appreciated.
parker1981xxx 6 days ago
Doncic is there with euro votes. I guess anyone with lil basketball knowledge wouldn't vote him to the top 25 in West...
Hayski G
Hayski G 6 days ago
No he’s not, just the west is stacked
Joseph Ramos Flores
I take dame over luka heck I had dame and curry in the starting line
_ Certified
_ Certified 6 days ago
even Doncic agreed that Lillard should be starting
ORA ORA ORA 6 days ago
Lol fans shouldn’t have 50% of the votes. Most “fans” don’t even watch the games unless it’s the finals.
Cameron No
Cameron No 6 days ago
ASG is a fan service game...
Juan Torres
Juan Torres 6 days ago
This might be the first time i heard stephen a say chicago bulls this season
Carlo D
Carlo D 6 days ago
I love Luka but Dame should have gotten that spot.
Aramis A. Smith
Aramis A. Smith 6 days ago
Media been selling luka like he's Larry Birds Off-spring So Im Not Suprised that luka got The Fan vote! + Da fact Of The Matter Is Dat Luka-Doncic A killa Aswell
Adrian Jacinto Cortez
But who did you vote for, Stephen A???
Doctor Too-Much
Doctor Too-Much 6 days ago
lillard is lethal, but way too cool for the masses. they want people clowning on others on the court.
Black White
Black White 6 days ago
They have to put their Great White Hope in there.
AtlantaHawksFan8 6 days ago
All the Netflix watchers didn't vote for Lillard
andrew gillard
andrew gillard 6 days ago
the fan vote is a complete joke haha
Paul Escamilla
Paul Escamilla 6 days ago
He's already made 5 all-star teams, and he'll make another. And he was rookie of the year. That's not underappreciated.
hlu#senpai 7 days ago
Where's luka stats
Raghuveer Dubagunta
A few months back people started saying Dame is a better player than Steph. How tf is he underappreciated?
Chad H
Chad H 7 days ago
Did he just say "the games are on very late?" lol like the rest of the starting 5 are all from the east coast-- Dame is the best and it pisses me off being a local there is a problem with getting Dame in this all star game year after year-- like they dont want him in the game or something.. well its all good every1 from the northwest knows who the best is.. put 3k on dame for mvp
Tory Reddin
Tory Reddin 7 days ago
Now That He Has The Largest Contract Ever That Name Dame Dolla Make Alot More Sense
makeouthill 7 days ago
He needs to leave Portland
DPadio 7 days ago
Overall its a popularity contest, not an appreciation contest. Besides, both media and players picked Dame, so it’s hard to say he is under-appreciated.
Brian Ofori
Brian Ofori 7 days ago
Dame is really just the Gilbert Arenas of this era. Yes he strikes fear but he’s just a notch under the legendary players of the era, and just low enough to be overshadowed by the soon to be legendary players of the next era. At least he’s better than Westbrook though
Sofa KinHot
Sofa KinHot 7 days ago
Let's get something straight, The FANS are the customers, not the media or the players. The FANS are the ones who are paying to watch. For those who don't understand... No FANS = No $$. I don't want to hear people complain about how fans are voting. It's our right to vote for who we like, regardless of time zone.
Zach 7 days ago
Thank you Max. Borderline over-appreciated. His career accomplishments to this point? A couple of (albeit incredible) game winners, some all star games, aaaaaaand that's about it.
Gary Trent Jr
Gary Trent Jr 7 days ago
If blazers end with a better record than the warriors then dame is first team all nba
Daniel Giustini Perez
0:13 I love how Giannis always gets a smaller font-size when he shows up in charts
Gage 878
Gage 878 6 days ago
No it’s the text adjusting to fit inside the box of text but yeah it makes it smaller
drew johnson
drew johnson 7 days ago
Fans didn't vote for Dame because the Media doesn't cover him the way they cover Luka / Curry / LeBron. Give this man more attention and more fans will notice him.
CortoMaltese 5 days ago
No, not the case here. If Luka in POrtland, Lillard in Dallas, same outcome. Luka has much bigger fanbase.
Body Soul Spirit
Body Soul Spirit 7 days ago
I take it back. Top disrespected superstars in the league. #1. DAME TIME. #2. The claw. #3 Pg13 #4 The Beard
Owo Char
Owo Char 7 days ago
Dame Time = Lame Time.
DEZN94 7 days ago
Mark Smith
Mark Smith 7 days ago
Couldn’t care less about Dame hitting game winning shots in meaningless games . He may be the best closer but he can’t get you over the top so does it even matter. And stop comparing him to Steph. “He’s hit more game winners than Steph” ok and Steph wasn’t even playing 4th quarters for over a year because the game was already over so what’s your point?
Dalton Weidman
Dalton Weidman 7 days ago
Dallas a bigger city than Portland not too much of a surprise sadly
Jacob J.
Jacob J. 7 days ago
Lillard's entire career has been driven by him proving those who have underappreciated, overlooked, and disrespected him. If Lillard wanted more nationwide attention, he would've left portland the first chance he got. Portland has been very unlucky with missing out on some of the best players of all time They didn't draft Jordan because they already had Drexler They selected Oden over Durant They had one of the brightest stars in Brandon Roy but knee injuries prevented him from being that long term player for portland In 2012, Portland could've easily passed up on Lillard yet they saw something in him that no one else did. Lillard has repaid them by reviving portland and making them a relevant team these past 5-6 years.
X P85
X P85 7 days ago
Tee M
Tee M 7 days ago
Can you guys imagine this lineup of guys who never won a ring Lillard Nash Barkley Prime dwight howard Shawn marion I know there not huge names like most fantasy made starting 5s but I bet they would win alot of games ..they have shooting defense toughness iq
James Glimco
James Glimco 7 days ago
I still think Dame should’ve started over Doncic but Mavs fans are gonna disagree
Ovando Graham
Ovando Graham 7 days ago
Damian lillard has the worst winning percentage in the playoffs for the superstars today. Lillard has hit 2 first round game winners. CJ beat the nuggets and they got swept by Steph curry. Soo he’s not underrated he’s great but he don’t win
John Williams
John Williams 7 days ago
It’s annoying that real ones like Dame get slighted, and he doesn’t even want to abandon POR. It’s sad that society thinks that the size of the market determines a players greatness.
Ville Johansson
Ville Johansson 7 days ago
Back it up then Stephen A.!! Give Dame your actual vote for MVP!!!
De'Armond Mitchell
Portland is in the same time zone as the Warriors, lakers, and clippers. There’s no way that they can constantly be on prime time games and it’s not “too late” but the blazers games somehow are.
sniper666hell 7 days ago
Fan vote shouldn’t be a deciding factor. Fans can very due to population. Stupidest thing the league has done. This is all catering to people who are already fans of the sport instead of drawing new fans to the sport. Should be fan vote is 1\3, media vote is 1\3 and player vote is 1\3. Simple and sensible.
Davide M. Gomez
Davide M. Gomez 7 days ago
I appreciate him as a player, but you gotta admit it is up to him, he chose to stay in a small market and do the things the hard way, which is admirable but these are the consequences, he would not be getting that much money and opportunities elsewhere also...
Navarre Gallant
Navarre Gallant 7 days ago
Me in the Alantic thinking it's the weekend and I can watch the Blazers game... yet it's a 11:30pm
chet karwat
chet karwat 7 days ago
Steph won't take the last shot if he does miss
vince vaughan
vince vaughan 7 days ago
Dame shld be a starder
Alexia Edwards
Alexia Edwards 7 days ago
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Vytautas Vyšniauskas
It's absurdly shoking that everyone questions Dončić over Lillard but nobody questions Curry over Lillard. All three guys are pretty much on the same level and each one equally deserves to be a starter. Sadly, there are only 2 spots, and whoever is left behind, it's equally unfair.
Patrick Hoey
Patrick Hoey 7 days ago
Dame really is unappreciated. I’m not putting him above Steph, but if you traded Dame for Steph on the Warriors, he’s the only dude out there who could come close to filling Curry’s shoes
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor 7 days ago
Why is Lebron a captain every single year? Jokic, Curry, Doncic and Lillard all have better stats. It's getting old and I would take Lillard ahead of Lebron.
K WIZ 6 days ago
He’s the captain b/c I believe whoever gets the most fan votes total gets to be the captain.
Charley Brown
Charley Brown 7 days ago
Luka should not be starting over dame that's crazy. But what you 3xp3ct the world is looking for the next great white hype in basketball
Justin 7 days ago
It's because hes 6'8 - 21 y/o and white. That's what max really wanted to say
Tim Cooper
Tim Cooper 7 days ago
Wow all this fuss for a game that none of the players wanted to participate in. I like both Dame and Luka, don’t know who deserves the spot more, not sure it really matters. Game is supposed to be for the fans and this is what they wanted.
King T
King T 7 days ago
Dame time ⏲️
Mic Smith
Mic Smith 8 days ago
Why vote 5 starters when the top vote getters choose who they want... its stupid... let the 5 start then choose from the reserves
P W 8 days ago
Only Dame can touch that coffee pot you hear me!!
lifewithjordan 8 days ago
Lol I mean all they doing is pissing Dame off I feel he about to go crazy after all star break
SuperNASCARrocks 8 days ago
He’s averaging 29 PPG and 7 APG on 45% shooting and your telling me he’s not an all star? Come on.
K WIZ 6 days ago
Luka averaging 29 PPG 9 APG on 47.5% shooting so...
Birhane Diarra
Birhane Diarra 8 days ago
he is on the allstar team he's just not starting. which is baffling to everyone.
BryTunes 8 days ago
Unfortunately it is a popularity contest and Dame is just not nearly as cool as Luka
dd Pharaoh
dd Pharaoh 8 days ago
Dame going to go down in history as the most underrated, under-appreciated super star player of all time .
CG23 Plays
CG23 Plays 6 days ago
@Deadeye don’t do drugs kids...
Deadeye 6 days ago
I don’t think he’s a super star lmfao
Ian Samuel
Ian Samuel 6 days ago
wheeeeeere the ring boi?
kevkeisha 8 days ago
Take Luka out of that list and add Dolla Dame!!!
Landon Grover
Landon Grover 8 days ago
anybody could do kellermans job
Moonroof 8 days ago
Dame is a closer