Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves to be first-team All-NBA over Donovan Mitchell
The Utah Jazz slipped to second in the Western Conference with their loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, but they are 45-18 on the season. Mitchell has been their leading scorer and offensive engine on that run. He is averaging 26.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.0 steal in 33.4 minutes per game.
Luka has the edge over Mitchell in nearly every statistic. The Mavericks star even averages more steals and blocks per game. Mitchell has hit more 3-pointers, but the advanced metrics is no contest. The 6’1 guard does not rank inside the top 20 in any stat.
The Jazz have an incredible 117.1 offensive rating with Mitchell on the floor this season. Their net rating is 7.9, but it jumps 10.5 when the 6’1 guard heads to the bench. The Mavericks improve their net rating by 2.9 with Doncic on the floor where Utah’s drops by 2.6.
Mitchell has played three fewer games than Luka too. Expect the Jazz guard to be in the running to make one of the three All-NBA teams, but he is significantly behind Doncic in the race for a spot on the first-team.
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