Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves to be first-team All-NBA over Stephen Curry
The debate here is a moot point. Curry is the favorite for the other guard spot on the first team. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps noted he had Steph and Luka as first-team on the Brian Windhorst and the Hoop Collective podcast on April 30 to which Windhorst agreed.
Curry is leading the NBA in scoring and single-handedly lifting Golden State into the play-in tournament. They are currently tenth in the West and 4.5 games behind Dallas. Curry has been incredible including an impossible 61.0 effective field goal percentage.
Incredibly, the Warriors have a negative 6.6 net rating with Curry on the bench. That jumps to 2.6 with him on the court. Curry has Golden State in the race, but when he sits they are well below-average.
The Warriors superstar is just ahead of Luka in PER, win shares, box plus-minus, VORP, and WAR. Luka has the edge in the non-scoring counting stats, but Curry takes the advanced metrics.
Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic should take the two first-team All-NBA guard spots this season. Both have been incredible and lead a talented field. Expect more fireworks down the stretch as both teams are attempting to keep their team in the hunt. Fans will not want to miss it.