Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves to be first-team All-NBA over Kyrie Irving
The Nets currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference, and Irving has been the healthiest of their three superstars. The 6’2 guard has played in 47 games this season, which is nine less than Doncic.
Luka is third in the NBA in points, third in assists, and 22nd in rebounds per game this season. Irving is seventh in scoring and 16th in assists. The Nets star does win the efficiency battle, including having a higher effective field goal percentage, but Doncic has the better raw totals.
The Mavericks star shines in the advanced metrics too. Luka has a better PER, win shares, VORP, and WAR this season.
The team-related stats favor Irving. The Nets have three of the top 15 players in the league, so that should come as no surprise. When even two are healthy, Brooklyn is one of the best teams. No player means more to their team than Luka Doncic. The Mavericks’ net rating drops from 3.7 to 0.8 when their 22-year-old star is on the bench. Brooklyn’s falls just 2.4 without Irving.
Kyrie is having an All-NBA season, but Luka has the edge in the race for first-team.
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