Luka Doncic is coming off the biggest game of his NBA career, nailing a game-winning three-pointer in overtime to help the Dallas Mavericks tie up their series against the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been perhaps the most impressive player in the bubble playoffs so far, and ESPN’s Zach Lowe has fully bought in to the hype, saying that he would take Doncic over reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo if he was starting an NBA team right now.
« I’m going Luka… » Lowe said on « Get Up. » « Luka has no holes in his offensive game. He can shoot, he can dribble, he can pass, he can shoot from everywhere on the floor. »
Lowe made it clear that he’s not hating on Giannis, whom he just voted for as MVP for the second straight time. He simply thinks Doncic is someone who can create offense with any players on the floor, while Giannis is someone you have to build around.
If he were building a franchise right now, @ZachLowe_NBA would pick Luka over Giannis to start his team with. »He’s not doing this against an 8-seed … this is real, big-time superstar stuff. » pic.twitter.com/pcxI0jy4z7
« If I have a rim-running, shot-blocking center who can’t shoot jumpers? Luka can use that guy… » Lowe explained. « If I have a defensive specialist on the wing who’s maybe a shaky three-point shooter? Bring that guy in, I can use him because Luka can shoot fine. I’m shocked I’m saying this but I’m going Luka Doncic. »
ESPN’s Mike Greenberg asked Lowe if he was just being a prisoner of the moment, but Lowe said this isn’t just Luka putting up numbers against a random team. The fact that he is going toe-to-toe with the heavily favored Clippers proves that he is already an elite player.
Blake Harper is a writer based in New York. He’s originally from San Diego and is one of the few Chargers fans left. He doesn’t believe in ties and loves elaborate celebrations. Follow him on Twitter @beezyharps
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