Luka Doncic is set to take part in the 2020 NBA All-Star game. In addition, he’s entering the game as a starter. In the starting lineup, he joins LeBron James, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis. After last season’s snub for the All-Star game, Doncic has the opportunity to add a major accolade to his young career.
Doncic is the youngest starter in the All-Star game since L. James in 2005. In addition, he’s the youngest European player to start in the All-Star game. He joins Dirk Nowitzki(2007 and 2010) and Jason Kidd(1996) as the only players in the Dallas Mavericks history to play in the All-Star.
Doncic is having a superb season. He leads the league in triple-doubles(12) and averages close to 30 points, ten rebounds and nine assists per game. Doncic is the top ten in the league in total points(1,188) and has an effective field goal percentage of .538. In addition, Doncic’s player efficiency is 29.8 he has an assist percentage of 47.7. In addition, his usage percentage of 37.3. As far as his assist and usage percentage goes, he’s in the league’s top ten.
The Mavericks average about 117 points per game and is in the top ten in total points scored so far this season with over 5,200. Doncic plays a significant role in Dallas’ dominant offensive production as Doncic is in the top five in offensive win shares with 5.3 and he has a 119.0 offensive rating. In addition, Doncic has 7.0 win shares.
Furthermore, Doncic holds the record for most career triple-doubles(19) before turning 21. This season has seen Doncic break numerous records. In Doncic’s case, breaking records has almost certainly become an everyday thing for him.
At this point, he has a reputation for being one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Based on his statistics, it’s clear that Doncic orchestrates the team’s offensive performance. In other words, he leads the offensive charge.
What To Make of Luka’s Selection to the All-Star Game?
Doncic is not your average 20-year-old NBA player. Prior to his arrival in the league, he already had quite a resume from his playing days with Real Madrid. Despite arriving in the league with a long list of accomplishments in Europe including winning the 2018 EuroLeague title, as well as being named MVP, and winning the 2017 EuroBasket while representing his native Slovenia, Doncic had much to learn. Winning the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year award was a learning process. Breaking records this season is another learning process. Based on his performance and accomplishments this season, it seems like he’s learning well. Furthermore, Doncic is learning every day.
And now, starting in the All-Star game is another lesson for Doncic. It’s a lesson Luka had to earn. LeBron is captaining the team. On several occasions, LeBron has praised Doncic. At one point, LeBron said that Doncic ‘just plays the game the right way.’ In addition, Doncic has stated that LeBron is his idol. Therefore, in Doncic’s case, to play on a team captained by his idol, it’s an opportunity to learn from someone that’s very important to him. He’s had to learn a lot to get to this point.
This All-Star game can be a learning experience that will make a strong impact on Doncic’s career. Learning has been a big part of his career. Reaching the level of an NBA superstar will be based on all his learnings.