After being left off the NBA's Western Conference All-Star team, Damian Lillard has decided not to defend his reigning two-time championship in the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend, a league source told RealGM.
Lillard was far and away the league’s most glaring omission from the All-Star game, being left off the fan, coaches and commissioner voting. In his third NBA season, Lillard has averaged 21.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
As a co-star with LaMarcus Aldridge, Lillard has helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a consecutive season among the West’s top tier.
During All-Star Weekend last season, Lillard participated in every event: the Rising Stars game, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk contest and All-Star Game.
Trey Burke has committed to his invite for the upcoming skills competition after winning together with Lillard a year ago. Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis strongly considered his invitation for the event, but has decided to decline, sources told RealGM.
Lillard was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2013 and a first-time All-Star last season.