The 2015-16 season was drastically different for Damian Lillard, as the entire starting lineup was swapped out. This included long-time Blazers in Wes Matthews and Nic Batum, as well as franchise cornerstone LaMarcus Aldridge.
The D Lillard line also saw a rebuild of sorts, with major upgrades to the upper and cushioning system. The jacquard mesh on the D Lillard 2 was a improvement for breathability compared to the synthetic leather on the 1. Bounce foam also closed the comfort gap between adiPrene+ and Boost. Like the name suggests, Bounce also helped with energy return to give an extra pep to your step. Whether it was the shoes or the added responsibility, Dame shined by increasing his points per game this year from 21 to 25.1.
Despite losing four starters, the Portland Trail Blazers massively exceeded expectations with a 44-38 regular season and a first-round series win against the injured Los Angeles Clippers. Portland also went toe-to-toe with the 73-9 Golden State Warriors in the second round, before losing the series 4-1.