There is no better way to announce yourself to the public than to achieve something that only two legendary players from the past managed to do on their NBA debut. Damian Lillard did just that by joining Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson as the only people to manage at least 20 points and 10 assists in their first professional game. Lillard, who went on to be unanimously voted the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year, is well on his way to the Hall of Fame, however, there are still a few more boxes that need to be checked before he gets there.
Needless to say, the Trailblazers point guard is also a winner on the personal front. He has been with the stunning Kay’la Hanson since before the beginning of his phenomenal NBA career. In case you are still wondering about their relationship status, herein we provide you the compass to navigate Damian Lillard’s relationship cardinal directions.
Damian Lillard’s Relationship with Kay’La Hanson Demystified
Las Vegas native, Kay’la Hanson has been the light in Damian Lillard’s haystack since his Weber State University days. While Lillard starred on the court prior to his being drafted by the Portland Trailblazers, Hayson was a pre-med student. The duo has been together since then that many reports have begun to refer to them as man and wife even though they are yet to announce either their engagement or nuptials.
Ms. Hanson, who is an avid social media user, was born on the 8th of November, 1991. Of African-American and Puerto Rican descent, she is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended Legacy High School before moving to Ogden, Utah to attend college. It is not clear if she was able to complete her education prior to moving in with her baller boyfriend, however, the couple seems to be very happy with each other.
Going by Hanson’s social media updates, the pair, who have been together for more than one decade seems to be in a deep committed partnership that we could hear the wedding bells soon. Moreover, they have gone ahead to welcome a third member to the family, a son named Damian Lillard Jr. who was born on the 29th of March, 2018.
As per her Facebook page, the WAG stated that she studied nursing at the Utah-based Nightingale College. She works as a nurse at the Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham, Oregon, the same state where the baller also resides.
Other Interesting Facts about Damian Lillard
Early Life and Education
The Trailblazers baller was born Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard on the 15th of July, 1990 in Oakland, California where he was, in turn, raised. From a very young age, Lillard had the hope of playing professional basketball. This was why he chose to leave his first high school in his sophomore year to attend the private St. Joseph Notre Dame High School which has a reputation for growing talents, one of which was ten-time NBA All-Star, Jason Kidd.
However, due to a lack of playing time, Damian Lillard was again on the move, this time, transferring to Oakland High School where he completed his final two years of high school. As a high school junior at Oakland, Lillard averaged 19.4 points per game. He increased his averages to 22.4 points per game in his senior year, earning himself a scholarship to attend Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
The freshman point guard took the Big Sky Conference by storm, averaging 11.5 points per game to be named the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year as well as to the first-team All-Big Sky selections. As a sophomore, Lilliard led his team to the regular-season conference championship on the back of a 19.9-point per game season which earned him the Big Sky Player of the Year award.
Damian Lillard was forced to take a medical redshirt after just 10 games into his junior year following a foot injury. When he returned to the team in the 2011-12 season, it was as if he never left as he averaged 24.5 points, earning himself his second Big Sky Player of the Year award as well as his third first-team all-conference selection. With the baller being the top Point Guard prospect in the country, he opted to forgo his senior year to declare for the 2012 NBA draft where he was selected by the Portland Trailblazers and the rest became history.
Since playing for the team, Lillard has led the Blazers to the playoffs in every year of his career. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2013 and is also a four-time All-Star.
How Much Does He Make From His Career?
The former Rookie of the Year and four-time All-Star has a net worth estimated to be $41.4 million according to Forbes 2019. He is signed to a five-year, $140 million contract and has also agreed to a supermax extension worth $191 million. One of the best point guards in the league, Damian Lillard also earns an average annual salary of $29.8 million.
Besides his player earnings, he also earns from endorsement deals from sponsors such as Hulu, Panini, and Adidas with which he also has a lucrative shoe business. Moreover, he is an aspiring rapper with two studio albums to his name.
Other Family Members
The Trailblazers point guard is the son of Houston Lillard Sr. and Gina Johnson who were separated as he was growing up, actually in high school. He has a younger sister, LaNae and two brothers; an older brother named Houston Lillard Jr. and a younger half-brother named Jahrell Lillard.
Houston, like his younger brother, is an athlete who plays football as a quarterback in the lesser-known Indoor Football League. It is not clear what the youngest Lillard son is doing, however, he made the headlines in March 2018 after he was shot during a confrontation with two men in a mall parking lot. Jahrell was subsequently rushed to the hospital where he received immediate and adequate medical attention that helped him survive the injuries.