Damian Lillard played like an MVP in season opener

Portland Trailblazers star guard Damian Lillard wants to be this season’s MVP. Oddly, Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr also expects the two-time All-Star to be the MVP. And for the season opener, boy, did Lillard show that he can indeed be the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player.

Lillard and the Blazers faced off against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, and the fifth year guard went berzerk to help his team get the win (113-104). Lillard scored 39 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out six assists. He got most of his points by attacking the basket off of screens and making buckets beyond the arc, which he went for 4-6.

Last season was Lillard’s best season stats wise (25.1 points and 6.8 assists). Additionally, he also surprised everyone by leading the Blazers not only to the playoffs, but also past the first round. Can he carry that momentum with him into this season? This first game says yes, but will it last? Let me know what you think in the comments below.