The Dallas Mavericks have caught fire since superstar Luka Doncic returned from a ten-game absence on Jan. 2. They are 23-7 during that stretch, including winning their last five games. Fans feared the Mavs would take a step backward when they traded Kristaps Porzingis, but they have eight of ten since deadline day.
Doncic is unstoppable right now. Over his last 20 games, the 23-year-old averaged 32.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.3 steals in 36.9 minutes per game. He shot 47.8 percent from the field, 39.4 percent on his threes, and 74.2 percent from the foul line during that stretch. Luka has improved his defense, and no team wants to play the Mavericks when number 77 is at the top of his game.
Doncic was snubbed as an All-Star starter as voters focused on his slow start by his incredible standards, but there is no question that he should be selected first-team All-NBA for the third year in a row. Luka is playing the best basketball of his career and has already washed away his slow start with 17 games left in the regular season making first-team honors an easy call.
Why Luka Doncic is an unquestionable first-team All-NBA selection
Doncic will be classified as a guard during the All-NBA selection process, and the field against him is extremely deep. Stephen Curry, Ja Morant, Trae Young, DeMar DeRozan, Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, and others warrant consideration, but Luka deserves to be in the top two and make the first team.
Here is are four reasons why Luka Doncic is unquestionably a first-team All-NBA selection in 2022.