Some out there would have you believe that it's only Trail Blazers fans who have high expectations of their players. And maybe from time to time we we do go a bit overboard when it comes to player comparisons (though again, this is nothing unique to fans in Portland) but sometimes, if the sneaker fits, there's no reason not to wear it.
And when respected basketball mind like David Thorpe of ESPN.com ask the question "Is Portland's Damian Lillard the next Rose/Westbrook/Irving?
" complaints about Trail Blazers fans being "homers" rings especially hollow.
The NBA has seen some superstar point guards enter the league these past few years -- Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving -- and each of them showed much of that potential as rookies. Lillard showed that type of talent during summer league in Las Vegas.
The sixth overall pick seems headed for a long career as a starting point guard, which would mean Portland had a successful draft. But if Lillard is able to score and run his team as he did in Vegas and in some games this preseason, then the Blazers could very well end up with the top player from this draft.
So the next time that someone tries to make you feel like a honk for believing Lillard could eventually become an all-star caliber point guard in the NBA, tell them to take it up with Thorpe.