Luka Doncic’s pregame heat-up for Recreation 4 of the Western Convention finals involved a shock:
Yet another very first-staff All-NBA honor.
The NBA introduced Doncic attained initially-group position for the 3rd consecutive 12 months fewer than an hour in advance of the Mavericks’ tipoff against the Golden Point out Warriors on Tuesday night time.
Joining Doncic in the league’s best two-guard, two-ahead, one-middle lineup: Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Denver’s Nikola Jokic.
Doncic matched Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and Max Zaslofsky as the only players to garner three All-NBA Very first Workforce accolades just before age 24 and joined Larry Bird, George Gervin and Duncan as the only gamers to make at least a few All-NBA teams in their very first four seasons because the ABA/NBA merger (1976-77), in accordance to the Mavericks’ PR department.
All-NBA voting considers just frequent-season stats, and Doncic completed his fourth campaign among the the NBA’s greatest.
He averaged 28.4 factors, 9.1 rebounds, 8.7 helps and 1.2 steals in a career-superior 35.4 minutes in 65 video games. Among the league leaders, Doncic ranked third in scoring, fifth in helps and 19th in rebounds, finishing top rated 25 in all categories for the 3rd consecutive 12 months.
Doncic, however, will be most proud of the Mavericks’ playoff operate, snapping the franchise’s 10 years-very long 1st-spherical skid with an upset operate to their to start with meeting finals considering the fact that the 2011 championship.
About a half-hour just after the All-NBA announcement, Doncic took the American Airlines Centre court docket with the intent to lengthen his standout time even longer.