Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr is an American basketball player and Musician who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers at NBA. He was scouted in the sixth overall draft of the 2012 NBA draft and became the Rookie of the year in his first season. He had a successful college football career followed by his embellished professional career in the sport.
Damian was born on 15th July 1995 in Oakland California, USA. He was born to his parents Houston Lillard and Gina Johnson in a Christian family. Damian belongs to the black ethnic group and holds American citizenship. He is highly close to his father and considers him as his best friend as he always supported him during his games, and motivated him while leading him to the right path. Damian has not shared much about his early education but it is known that he attended Arroyo High school in San Lorenzo for his freshman year of high school education.
He was part of the school football team for the year but decided to transfer after his coach left. Damian later attended St joseph Notre dame high school, a private school in Alameda California but changed again due to a lack of focus on the sport. Damian finally graduated from Oakland High school where he joined the school team coached by Orlando Watkins. He became the First team All-League in both his junior and senior years. Later, to continue his college-level sport, he joined Weber state university with a scholarship in 2008. He graduated from college in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Sales.
Damian Lillard Career
Damian did not have much of a flourishing high school basketball career as he constantly changed schools but in his junior and senior years, he managed to make several records and led the team to various wins. However, he was considered as a two-star player by Rivals.com yet he decided to attend Weber University and lead a successful career. He started playing at the college-level league Big star conference, an affiliate of NCAA division 1 for Weber’s college team Wildcats. He became the freshman of the year in 2012 and also became the first All-Big sky.
The following year, he again performed well and set new records leading his team to Big Sky Conference championship. He played well the whole season and was named the Big Sky player of the year. In his junior year, he suffered an injury and could not play in most of the 2011 season but in a game against San Jose State, he scored the highest ever score in college and became the 2nd Big sky player of the year. He did not play in his senior year to prepare for the 2012 NBA draft.
He was picked in the 6th overall by Portland Trail Blazers and broke several records. Damian became the NBA rookie of the year with 35 points and was the only first Trailblazer to win an event at NBA All-star weekend. He also won the Western Conference rookie of the month title almost every month of the season. Damian surpassed the records of famous players like Stephan curry and Jason Kidd and had a successful season. the next season in 2013, he took part in five events simultaneously and again recorded spectacular performance becoming the All-NBA third team honor at the end of the season.
In the 2016 season, he became the first player to score 27 points or more in the first five games surpassing the record of Kobe Bryant and also reached 8000 points of his career and became the 11th TrailBlazer to reach that mark. The following year in 2018, he became the fastest player to reach the 10,000 points mark and also became the third player to receive the honor of All-NBA first team. He also played marvelously through the 2019,2020 and the most recent 2020-21 season setting yet another set of records and all-time high scores.
Apart from sports, he also tried his hands in the field of music and started producing hip-hop and rap genres. He was inspired by his cousin Brookfield Duece who is an established rapper and started making his own music. He started in the year 2015 when he released his first album “Soldier in the game” on Soundcloud. The following year, he officially released his 1st album “The Letter O” in the public domain with FrontPage Music label which also covers his cousin Brookfield. He later released his other albums “Confirmed,” in 2017, and “Big D.O.L.L.A” in 2019. He has also collaborated with artists like Mozzy, Lil Wayne, and Jerimiah. He recently released his single track “Kobe” which is also included as a soundtrack for the NBA 2K21 videogame. In 2020, he also became a businessman and a co-owner of Damian Lillard Toyota, a dealership showroom with his friend Brian Sanders.
Damian Lillard Biography
|Real Name||Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr.|
|Birth Date||5 July 1990|
|Age (as of 2021)||30 Years|
|Birth Place||Oakland, California, United States|
|Height||in feet inches – 6’ 3” – in Centimeters – 191 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 88 kg – in Pounds – 194 lbs|
|Chest Size||43 inches|
|Waist Size||34 inches|
|Biceps Size||16 inches|
|Shoe Size||14 (U.S.)|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Father||Houston Lillard Sr.|
|Brother||Houston Lillard Jr.|
|School||St. Joseph Notre Dame High School|
|College||Weber State Wildcats|
|Is he a Gay?||No|
|Favorite Player While Growing Up||Allen Iverson|
|Favorite Non Basketball Athlete||Floyd Mayweather|
|Favorite Movie||Paid in Full (2002)|
Damian is currently engaged to his fiancé Kayla Hanson. The couple recently gave birth to twin children named Kali and Kalij in January 2021. The kins are Damian’s second and third children as he previously had a son named Damian Jr with his ex-girlfriend in 2018. There is not much available about his ex-girlfriend and mother of his first child. The couple met back in Weber college where Kayla was enrolled in the Pre-med program. They have been dating ever since and got engaged in February 2020 to get married soon. However, they have not announced any future date of their marriage.
Damian Lillard Net Worth
Damian has been working as a professional basketball player for several years and has been highly active. He has achieved several milestones in his sports career and also endorsed several brands like Adidas, coca-cola, JBL, Biofreeze, Powerade, Panini, and Hulu to name a few. Damian also co-owns a Toyota dealership to add to his income. He is also a successful musician. He supports his income majorly through his career as a professional basketball player and the income from business and music is added on. His net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be around $42million per annum.
- Damian attended St Joseph Notre Dame high school, same as former NBA player, Jason Kidd.
- He was honored as All-American by the Associated Press in 2010 for his performance in the 2010 season of the Big Sky Conference.
- Damian was considered as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Awards in the 2011 season of the Big sky conference.
- He is a cousin of Keljin Blevins, a professional basketball player for Portland Trail Blazers and the two also became teammates in the recent 2020-21 season.
- In the 2018-19 season, Damian suffered through injury and had his ribs separated but still continued to play till the end of the season in the Western Conference finals.