He has made over $100 million during his NBA career and has recently tapped into a new business venture off the court. Not only is he scoring on the court, but he’s also scoring off the court as well.
Damian Lillard’s impressive 2019-20 season
Lillard got off to a hot start to the 2019-20 season before the coronavirus pandemic hit. On November 8, 2019, he scored 60 points against the Brooklyn Nets. A few months later, he scored 61 points in a game against the Golden State Warriors. From January 20 to February 1, he averaged 48.8 points per game during a six-game stretch. He was named to his fifth All-Star team.
When the NBA resumed the season in Orlando, Lillard put together multiple impressive performances. He had games where he scored 61, 51, and 45 points during the NBA bubble. His performance helped lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs as the No. 8 seed. Though Portland lost to the LA Lakers in the first round, Lillard had a performance to remember.
He averaged 30 points during the 2019-20 season, which was a career-high, and he also averaged eight assists and 4.3 rebounds. There’s no question that Lillard is the face of the Trail Blazers, and he’s a player that the team values a lot.
Damian Lillard tapping into the car industry
Many NBA players have success off the court, and Lillard is one of those players. He’s had a lot of success in the music industry as he produced multiple albums in recent years. Lillard is also signed with Adidas and is one of the brands top athletes. The five-time NBA All-Star is setting himself up to have a successful career when he retires. According to spotrac.com, Lillard is set to make $139,888,445 going into the 2020-21 season.
Lillard has made a lot of money during his NBA career and he’s looking to make more money off the court. He recently became the co-owner of the Toyota dealership in McMinnville, Oregon with his close friend and business partner Brian Sanders. According to a Toyota representative Lillard, “infused his style into the facility by overseeing the installation of custom Pop-A-Shot games, themed ping pong tables, autographed memorabilia and more.”
Damian Lillard has become an important figure in Oregon
Lillard has lived in Oregon his entire NBA career, and he’s become a fan favorite. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Toyota dealership, McMinnville’s mayor officially declared October 1 as “Damian Lillard Day” in “recognition of Damian’s long-standing, beloved presence in Oregon,” stated the Toyota representative. Lillard has expressed his love for Oregon, and he does not see himself leaving anytime soon.
He’s using his platform to impact the game of basketball and impact the community he’s a part of. The Portland Trail Blazers made a big decision in drafting a mid-major point guard in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft. Their decision to select Lillard has certainly paid off, and he’s going to continue to impact the game and the city of Portland and the state of Oregon in a big way.