All-Star Weekend is barely a month away and the starters for each conference have finally been announced for the All-Star Game. Sadly, one player didn’t get into the starting lineup despite having the second-most number of votes this year, just behind “The King” LeBron James.
Of course, we’re talking about none other than Luka Doncic. The Slovenian small forward from the Dallas Mavericks gathered 4,242,980 votes from fans, trailing only to James’ 4,602,809. Yes, this means he got more votes than Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Despite this, the rookie sensation will not be in the Western Conference’s starting lineup. In case you didn’t know, this is how the selection works: fan votes only count for 50-percent of the balloting, with 25-percent each coming from NBA players and the media to complete the total.
These were the results of the tally:
Luka hasn’t commented on this yet, but his team’s Twitter thanked the fans for supporting the Mavericks’ high-caliber freshman.
Despite being a rookie in the NBA, Luka has been playing way before he got drafted 3rd overall by the Mavs in 2018. He’s already played three years of pro ball for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague. In that short amount of time, Wonderboy has been named EuroLeague Final Four MVP, EuroLeague MVP, and earned his way to the top of the game as a EuroLeague Champion.
The rising star from Slovenia rose to prominence in Europe, becoming one of the most likable and bankable stars of today. The Mavericks made an inspired decision when they got him from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Trae Young and a protected future first-round pick. Since then, Luka has been putting up numbers on every column of the stat sheet.
The Don averages 19.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, and shooting at 42.8% from the field, 35.6% from beyond the arc. If you ask us, we certainly think he’s an All-Star-level player.
But don’t worry fellow Doncic fans because there's still a strong chance that Luka will be appearing at the All-Star game. He and six other players may still be selected by NBA coaches to be reserves. These results will be announced on February 7.
If chosen, this would make Luka Doncic only the third rookie to appear in the All-Star game in the 21st century. Former Houston Rocket, Yao Ming, was the first back in 2003, and ex-Clipper, Blake Griffin was the second in 2011.
He is also in a position to break a franchise record as the youngest All-Star in Mavericks history, surpassing Jason Kidd, who was 22 when he was voted a starter for the 1996 All-Star Game in his second season in the NBA.
Although, this won’t make Luka the youngest player in NBA history to become an All-Star. 21 years ago, a kid named Kobe Bryant started in the 1998 All-Star game when he was just 19 years and 170 days old. Luka will turn 20, 11 days after this year's All-Star Weekend.