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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 Chris Paul Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves to be first-team All-NBA over Chris Paul

The Suns vaulted to first in the Western Conference after knocking off the Jazz on April 30. The addition of CP3 is the key reason. Paul is one year removed from taking a Thunder team everyone predicted to be in the lottery to the postseason. Now, he has lifted the Suns from being a fringe playoff team to one of the best in the West.

There is no statistical case for Paul over Doncic. The 35-year-old point guard has the edge in steals. He shoots a higher field goal percentage, but Luka tops the Suns’ leader in effective field goal.

Flipping over to advanced metrics, CP3 is seventh in win shares where Luka ranks 15th. In every other metric, Doncic has the advantage. Paul does not crack the top 20 in PER and sits 16th in both box plus-minus and VORP.

Phoenix has an outstanding 6.6 net rating with CP3 on the floor that drops to 4.3 with him on the bench. That positive 2.3 is close but does not top Luka’s 2.9.

Chris Paul is having another outstanding season at 35 years old and deserves to be on one of the All-NBA teams. Nobody should have him on the first team over Luka Doncic, though.

Next: Luka vs. Dame

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