Damian Lillard becomes Trail Blazers all-time leading scorer

Damian Lillard has passed Clyde Drexler as the all-time scoring leader in Portland Trail Blazers history.

Lillard secured the record on Monday night with his 18,041st point against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a free throw at the 1:33 mark in the third quarter.

The 32-year-old entered the with 18,020 points, putting him 77th on the league’s all-time list.

Lillard reached the milestone in just over 10 years through career averages of 43.7 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from the 3-point line and 89.3 percent from the free throw line.

More from the Trail Blazers press release:

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 19, 2022) – Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard scored his 18,041 career point in the third quarter of tonight’s game at Oklahoma City to pass Clyde Drexler (18,040) and become the franchise’s all-time leader in points.

“Damian’s commitment to Portland is now incapsulated with this prestigious career milestone,” said Portland Trail Blazers General Manager, Joe Cronin. “His dedication, humility and hard work have been pillars for his path to this very moment. On behalf of the organization, we would like to congratulate Damian on this great achievement and look forward to many more.”

Named to the NBA’s Top 75 Greatest Players of all time ahead of the 2021-22 season, Lillard, entered tonight’s game averaging 28.3 points (45.1% FG, 39.8% 3pt, 89.4% FT), 3.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 34.4 minutes per game in 18 games for the 2022-23 season.

Lillard, 32, is the only player in franchise history with six All-NBA honors and one of three players to be named All-NBA First Team while with the Trail Blazers (2017-18). Lillard is a six-time NBA All-Star, a 2021 Olympic Gold Medalist and the unanimous 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year.

The Weber St. product is the all-time franchise leader in scoring average, three-pointers made (2,229) and free throws made (4,047). Additionally, he is second in field goals (5,883), second in minutes (26,484), third in assists (4,857), fourth in games played (730) and sixth in steals (698).