Damian Lillard deserved NBA All-Star starter spot over Luka Doncic

Any time you say one player should be an All-Star starter, you must be willing to say another player shouldn’t be.

In the case of Thursday’s NBA All-Star starter announcement, there was one major snub: Portland’s Damian Lillard should have been named a starter instead of Dallas’ Luka Doncic.

That’s not saying Doncic isn’t an All-Star. He is. He’s just not a starter this season.

The breakdown is simple.

Lillard is averaging 29.8 points (third in the NBA), 7.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds and shooting 45.1% from the field, 38.4% on 3-pointers and 93.3% on free throws, all while leading the Trail Blazers to an 18-10 record, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Blazers score 120 points and allow 115.1 points per 100 possessions with Lillard on the floor.

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