Warriors report: Steve Kerr considers Luka Dončić an All-Star

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DALLAS – If only Warriors coach Steve Kerr had the final vote. Then, Dallas forward Luka Dončić would know his itinerary during NBA All-Star weekend from Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte, N.C.

“He’s already an All-Star,” Kerr said of Doncic. “I don’t know how the vote is going to shake out, but he looks like an All-Star player to me.”

Plenty of NBA fans agree. So much that the NBA’s second-return ballots showed more votes for Dončić (2,220,077) than Stephen Curry (2,094,158) and Kevin Durant (1,717,968). LeBron James leads the Western Conference vote (2,779,812). After the third and final fan voting ends on Jan. 17, the NBA will calculate a weighted rank among fan, player and media votes to determine a starting lineup that will feature two guards and three frontcourt players.

Currently, the Western Conference’s starting lineup would feature James, Dončić, Curry, Minnesota’s Derrick Rose (1,986,840 votes) and Oklahoma City’s Paul George (1,859,216 votes) against the Eastern Conference’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (2,670,816 votes), Kyrie Irving (2,381,901), Kawhi Leonard (2,092,806), Dwayne Wade (1,199,789( and Joel Embiid (1,710,229).

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The Warriors (28-14) enter Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (20-22) with Dončić leading his rookie class in points (20) and minutes played (32.0). He also has recorded four 30-point games, which is the fifth most among rookies in NBA history behind LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Durant and Devin Booker. As Kerr argued, “The guy doesn’t look like a rookie.”

But he is. The Mavericks traded their No. 5 pick and a 2019 protected first-round pick to Atlanta for the …read more

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