Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is headed to his first All-Star game after being named a starter on Jan. 23. Here is a look at the accomplishment.
The Dallas Mavericks are have been fantastic this season. They are currently fifth in the Western Conference. The breakthrough year from Luka Doncic is the primary reason. The 20-year-old has pushed into the MVP conversation in his second NBA season.
Doncic is averaging 29.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game. He leads the league in triple-doubles. Luka has become an unstoppable force. Teams are just hoping to slow him down at this point.
The All-Star starters were announced as part of the TNT telecast on Thursday evening. Here is a look at who made the cut.
Luka Doncic was announced as a Western Conference starter in the backcourt. He is joined by James Harden. LeBron James led the West and was named captain for the third consecutive year. James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be choosing the teams.
It will be Luka’s first All-Star game. Expect it to be the first of many for the 20-year-old star. Dirk Nowitzki was an All-Star for the Mavericks last season.
Only the starters were announced on Thursday. The reserves are let out on Jan. 30. Then, fans can look forward to the draft to split up the teams.
Finished second in fan voting
Luka Doncic finished second overall in the fan voting. He just missed out on being named captain. He led the player and media vote for Western Conference backcourt players. It was good to see Doncic get the respect he deserves. He has played fantastic this season and is only going to improve.
Dallas Mavericks supporters should look forward to the All-Star draft. Will Doncic be selected first overall? Will LeBron or Giannis prefer Anthony Davis or Kawhi Leonard to Luka? It will be an interesting choice for the two captains.
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