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Dallas Mavericks: Why Luka Doncic should be first-team All-NBA

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The Dallas Mavericks have won five of their last six games as they look to avoid the play-in tournament. Injuries and COVID issues got them off to a slow start, but Luka Doncic has the Mavs playing the best basketball down the stretch. Dallas stands sixth at the start of May, but by a narrow margin. Expect plenty of fireworks over the final two weeks and into the playoffs.

The 22-year-old made first-team All-NBA in 2020 and finished fourth in MVP voting. He has improved significantly and is having another outstanding season. Luka transformed into a league-average 3-point shooter, increased his efficiency across the board, and added a mid-range element to his game that makes him impossible to guard.

The race for All-NBA is deep, but Doncic deserves to be first-team. Let us narrow down the candidates before diving into why the Mavs star should be named one of the top two guards of the 2020-2021 season.

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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves to be first-team All-NBA

The All-NBA race at the guard spot is insane this year. Six guards will make the cut over three teams, but the deserving candidate’s list is at least 15 players deep. Russell Westbrook has worked his way into the race after the All-Star break. Devin Booker did not make the final eight but will find his way onto ballots. Zach LaVine, Mike Conley, Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, and others could all garner consideration.

Narrowing the race for the six spots to eight players was not easy, but Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic stands above the competition. Here is why he should be first-team All-NBA over the rest of the league’s guards.

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