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Allen Iverson heaps praise on Damian Lillard, says Portland Trail Blazers star has 'no fear' and names him among his 'Top 5 killers'

NBA legend Allen Iverson will go down as one of the best pound for pound players in league history, making a name for himself as an on-court killer during his playing days.

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In an interview with Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks, Iverson, who never shies from giving credit to the current crop of players, listed his top five 'killers in the NBA' today, saving special mention for the Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.

Iverson listed Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, Brooklyn Nets duo Kevin Durant and James Harden, along with Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, before rounding out his top 5 with Lillard, who he labeled as a 'certified killer'.

"He's a monster. Steph is just as bad as hell, but Dame is just a rude mother******. He's just rude, he's just disrespectful," Iverson said.

"He just do anything: I mean past half-court, let it fly, buzzer beater. [He has] no fear, he's not just a killer, he's a serial killer."

Lillard, who has listed Iverson as one of his idols gowing up has routinely made the end of game's his own, going off in 'Dame Time' to win countless games for the Trail Blazers.

Last season he led the NBA in clutch scoring at 162 points (points in the final five minute of a game within five points) on a wildly efficient clip of 51.1. percent (45-of-88) from the field and 39.1 percent from deep (18-of-46).

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The 31-year-old is entering his 10th season with the Trail Blazers as they look to continue their playoff streak, this year with first year head coach Chauncey Billips at the helm.

"I think over the years we've always had a competitive team, I think we'll be competitive again," Lillard said.

"Obviously, at the end of last season I wanted to see our roster improve. I wanted us to have a better chance to win. And we had our conversations throughout the summer about what that looked like, and how we could take steps in that direction. I come into this season with faith that that's going to happen."

The Blazers tip off their pre-season on Monday, Oct. 4 against the Golden State Warriors.

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