Press launch from the Dallas Mavericks:
DALLAS – The NBA introduced at present that Mavericks guard Luka Dončić has been voted as a starter for the 69th NBA All-Star Sport, which can happen at Chicago’s United Heart on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. CT on TNT. The 20-year-old Slovenian will grow to be the youngest European-born participant to start out an All-Star Sport.
Dončić (6-7, 230) will probably be simply the third Maverick to start out an All-Star Sport, becoming a member of Dirk Nowitzki (2007, 2010) and Jason Kidd (1996). Kidd is the one different Dallas participant voted in as a starter (Nowitzki began as a substitute for an injured starter twice). Dončić is the 31st All-Star in franchise historical past.
At 20 years, 353 days on the day of the 2020 All-Star Sport, Dončić will grow to be the ninth-youngest athlete to look within the sport and the sixth-youngest to start out. He would be the sport’s youngest starter since LeBron James (20 years, 52 days) in 2005.
Amongst league leaders, the reigning Kia NBA Rookie of the Yr ranks fourth in scoring (29.1 ppg), third in assists (9.zero apg) and 16th in rebounding (9.7 rpg). His 29.1 factors per sport is the third-highest scoring common by a participant in his second NBA season because the merger (Shaquille O’Neal, 29.three ppg in 1993-94).
Dončić leads the NBA in triple-doubles this season (12), all of which have been of the 20-point selection. He has additionally recorded a league-high 33 video games with at the very least 20 factors, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Followers accounted for 50 % of the vote to find out the 10 starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Sport. All present NBA gamers and a media panel accounted for 25 % every. These voters accomplished one full poll that includes two guards and three frontcourt gamers from every convention.