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Why 2022 NBA All-Star weekend is important for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks enter the All-Star break white-hot thanks to an incredible run from superstar Luka Doncic. They have won six of their last seven and are 18-6 since the calendar flipped over to 2022. Luka Doncic has scored 199 points in his last five games, including three 45-point performances as the 22-year-old looks unstoppable.

It was a slow start to the 2021-2022 season by Doncic’s incredible standards. He had a long summer of basketball as he led the Slovenian National Team to a fourth place finish at the Olympics, and Luka had to play his way back into shape. Since missing ten games to close 2021, he is averaging 29.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 9.4 assists, and 1.2 steals as the Mavericks have gone on a tear.

Doncic was voted as an All-Star for the third straight year, but for the first time, he will come off the bench. He received zero media votes to be in the starting five. LeBron James made Luka his first reserve pick in the captain’s draft putting the Mavericks superstar on his team for the third straight year. It won’t be Luka’s first All-Star appearance, but this one will have some added importance.

Why 2022 All-Star weekend is important for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks

Marc Stein reported that Luka will be traveling to Cleveland with Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki on Friday. The legend will serve as an ambassador for the league during All-Star weekend and is part of the 75th-anniversary team. Luka and Dirk are close and shared All-Star weekend during Nowitzki’s final season and Doncic’s first. The Mavericks current superstar was not an All-Star but played in the Rising Stars game.

The NBA is bringing together many of the all-time great to celebrate its 75th anniversary is just one of the many reasons the 2022 All-Star game will be special, but it has added importance for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.