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

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Bradley Beal Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves to be first-team All-NBA over Bradley Beal

Beal is second in the league in scoring and averaging over 31 points per game, but he does not hold a candle to Doncic in the advanced metrics. Luka is eighth in Player Efficiency Rating (PER), fourth in Value over Replacement Player (VORP), and sixth in FiveThirtyEight’s WAR. Beal ranks 17th, 20th, and 16th respectively.

The Wizards are five games under .500 entering May and fighting to make the play-in tournament. They are currently tenth in the Eastern Conference. When looking at tiebreakers among the best players in the league, team record could come into play. The Mavericks are eight games over .500 and currently sixth in the Western Conference.

Luka has incredible on/off numbers too. The Mavs have a 116.5 offensive rating with Doncic on the floor and a 3.7 net rating. Washington has a negative net rating with Beal on the court and an offensive rating of 113.8.

The Mavericks superstar is the superior playmaker, rebounder, and shooter too. Luka is averaging 7.9 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and connecting on 35.9 percent of his 3-point tries. Beal cannot match those numbers. Luka Doncic deserves to be ahead for Bradley Beal in the race for first-team All-NBA.

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