Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves to be first-team All-NBA over Damian Lillard
The Mavs and Blazers are locked in a tight race to avoid the Western Conference play-in tournament. Currently, Dallas is sixth, but just 0.5 game up on Portland. Remember, only the top six advance directly to the playoffs this season. Teams seven through ten are part of the play-in. Fans can listen to an explanation of how it all works here.
Luka has a significant edge on Lillard in the counting stats. The Blazers superstar has hit more 3-pointers, but that is the only traditional number where he leads Doncic.
The advanced metrics are a similar story. Dame is tenth in win shares with a 0.8 edge on the Dallas Mavericks superstar. He rates inside the top 20 in the others but a few spots below Luka in each.
Lillard may have the edge in importance to his team. The Blazers have a positive 2.7 net rating when he is on the floor, but they slip to negative 3.1 without their superstar. That is a 5.8 jump, which tops Doncic’s 2.9.
Damian Lillard is having an outstanding season and should be second-team All-NBA, but he is behind Luka Doncic in the race for the top two spots.
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