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#pounditThursday, February 2, 2023

Luka Doncic admits Damian Lillard may have deserved All-Star starter spot

Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic controversially received the nod as a starter for the All-Star game over Damian Lillard, and the Dallas Mavericks guard recognizes that he may have gotten away with one.

Doncic talked on Saturday about the results of the All-Star voting. He admitted he didn’t expect he would be voted a starter and acknowledged that Lillard may have deserved the honor.

You really can’t go wrong with either player, as they’re both great and very deserving of recognition.

Lillard is averaging: 29.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.1 steals per game and shooting 45.1/38.4/93.3 percent
Doncic is averaging: 29.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 1.0 steals per game and shooting 47.5/33.5/79.5 percent

Their numbers are very comparable, although Lillard’s Blazers are 18-10, while Doncic’s Mavericks entered Saturday 13-15.

What’s interesting is that both the players and media favored Lillard over Doncic for the spot by a similar percentage. The fans however favored Doncic much more.

Since the All-Star Game is primarily a fan spectacle, it makes sense to give the people who they want to see as the starter when there is a close case such as this one. Don’t worry too much about Lillard though, as he had a good reaction to losing the nod.


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