The Dallas Mavericks are preparing for their first game in over a week. Severe weather in Texas postponed two straight games just as the Mavs were catching fire. Luka Doncic has turned things around after a slow start, but there are still questions, especially about the team’s defense.
Doncic was named as an All-Start starter for the second consecutive year on Thursday evening. He won the fan vote, but both the players and media gave the second starting backcourt spot in the Western Conference to Damian Lillard. The fan vote was worth 50 percent of the total, plus was the tiebreaker giving Doncic the nod.
Luka is grateful to have a chance to play in the game and to be named the starter. He shared his thoughts on the Lillard situation on Feb. 20. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic believes Damian Lillard should be All-Star starter
Lillard is having a fantastic season. He averages 29.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game on incredible efficiency. Lillard is also one of the best clutch scorers in the NBA. Doncic had this to say about earning the All-Star start over the Blazers superstar on Saturday.
I’ll disagree with Luka on this one. Both players deserved to start the All-Star game. The NBA did away with the Eastern Conference versus Western Conference format, so why is that still a thing in the voting? Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Luka Doncic should all be All-Star starters. Bradley Beal is deserving of that fourth guard spot. The NBA should reward the four best guards with the starting nods, and Luka is one of those four.
Doncic showed his humility on Saturday. He has an incredible swagger on the court, but the 21-year-old is never afraid to give credit to a deserving player. This is not the first time he has campaigned for another talent to be chosen over him for an honor.
There is nothing to get upset about here. Damian Lillard will be one of the West’s reserves in the 2021 All-Star game. He and Luka Doncic will be entered into the draft on March 4. It will be interesting to see where Doncic lands. Fans will not want to miss , so stay tuned for plenty more.