Local flavor in the NBA: How Utah players are faring in the pros

Published: Monday, Dec. 9 2013 5:18 p.m. MST

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Lillard has been the most productive local product since he got drafted with the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers.

After winning Rookie of the Year a season ago, Lillard came back even stronger. Lillard has started all 21 games for the 17-4 Blazers and is averaging 20.8 points a contest. As part of his progression, Lillard has significantly improved his three-point and free-throw shooting. He is shooting 42.5 percent from distance and 91.2 percent from the charity stripe.

Lillard has also cut down on his turnovers by almost one a game from his rookie campaign while still being a solid distributor. He is averaging 5.7 assists as well as 3.8 rebounds for the Western Conference-leading Trailblazers.

Lillard matched his season high in scoring on Saturday night with 32 points. He shot 50 percent from the field, including 5-for-9 from the 3-point range and made all nine of his free throws. He also handed out five assists with only one turnover in one of the few Portland losses on the season.
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