At what age does a PG reach their peak?

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  1. The_Lillard_King

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    With Lillard Turning 25 tomorrow, it makes me think about the window of opportunity we have with Lillard at the the helm. At what age cane we expect Lillard to be at his best. I suppose this question has to take in a combination of experience and age, but age is a key factor when it comes to an NBA career.

    Being that it is only his forth year in the NBA this year, hopefully there is no way he has reached his peak. Also Lillard will be challenged in ways I don't think he can really fathom this year as his desire to win will be greatly tested with the fact it will sometimes be up to him alone if he wants to win games. This year alone I suspect he will grow greatly.

    I see Lillard more as a creator and shooter than a distributor and needs to rely a more on physical than mental skills (relatively speaking, they are both important). So I would say that Lillard's prime years are going to be between the ages of 26-29. That is when physically his body will be peaking in combination with the knowledge he will have. I still see him being productive after that but during those ages he has the ability to take over games on a consistent basis.

    That means short of Lillard demanding a trade, the Blazers should have Lillard during his best years and an all star at the PG position for years to come.
     
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    Usually the peak is from ages 28-32. Although, Dame is a 4 year player, so I expect him to last another year or 2 because he doesn't have the normal NBA wear and tear on his body.
     
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    Depends on the PG! If he continues to add facets to his game throughout his career he could peak in his 30s. I really hope this is the case. I want him to use the next two seasons to focus on developing better court-vision and set-up skills. Now that he doesn't have to strictly run pick/pops I'm hoping that he shows that he's already better in those areas than we've seen to this point. Once he becomes really good at setting others up for easy scoring opportunities then the rest of his offensive game can blossom.
     
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    Dame isn't relying on his athleticism, even though he dunks a bit. His shooting stroke is pure; he isn't heaving at distance like Blake. He's got great endurance for long games and long seasons. I see his career lasting a while, like Andre Miller.

    His peak years will likely be 28-32, like most point guards. If he can gain crafty vet skills, or hone the ones he has, he can probably start until he's 34, and play as Obi-Wan until he's 36 (after that he's Yoda, but might play until he's 40).
     
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    Exactly what I was going to say, he never showboats, he's much more athletic than he lets on because he's efficient with his movement and that gives him more endurance (hopefully he'll use up some on defense, heh). He's also got a high basketball IQ (is know to study tapes religiously) and he's a gym rat constantly working on his game. I think he's going to save his body and get smarter and smart as he ages... I see him being very good for a long time (like Steve Nash).
     
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    Also, that's a great take, I hadn't thought of it that way...
     
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    Gary Payton could still ball at 37.
     
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    Usually 29 is peak, for Point Guards like Dame it's probably 28.
     
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    Happy Birthday Dame!!!

    Much appreciation from Blazer fans. Trailblazer organization and the city of Portland lucky to have you aboard.

    Wishing you health, happiness and continued success in your life.
     
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    Payton didn't play 36+ minutes per until his fifth year in the league.
     
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    All of that, plus the wear and tear on his body that he avoids by not playing defense.:pimp:
     
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    Brandon Roy tried that and it didn't work. :dunno:

    I shouldn't even joke about that... lets just say that I can see that Damian has the desire to get better on defense and I believe he is capable of improving.
     
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    Point guards are like Hobbits. They don't reach their full maturity till their early one hundreds. So we have a way to go on Damian.
     
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    Usually it takes about 2.5-3 hours to hit the peak of a shroom trip. On LSD, usually the peak is around the 4-5 hour mark. With mescaline the peak comes around the 8-9 hour mark and Smoking DMT hits the peak in 2 minutes.

    If you do it right, you take mescaline first, then after 1 hour you drop the acid, then about 30-45 minutes later you eat shrooms. Then you get the DMT ready and blast off the moment you feel body change. You will be peaking for 8 solid hours into utter madness.
     

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