August 9, 2020

Age [20] All-Star team


As Jon Landau might say: I have seen basketball’s future and its name is Luka Doncic. The Mavericks wunderkind had possibly the finest game of his career on Saturday night, putting up 36 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 19 assists in a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Doncic is finishing up the best season by a 20-year-old in league history, averaging 29.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists while leading the most efficient offense of all time. Well, it’s either him or LeBron James. Doncic, LeBron and Magic Johnson — three playmaking polymaths — lead my Age 20 All-Star team:



Forward | LeBron James, Cavaliers [2004-05]
>>>  27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists

Forward | Anthony Davis, Pelicans [2013-14]
>>>  20.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks

Center | Shaquille O’Neal, Magic [1992-93]
>>>  23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.5 blocks

Guard | Magic Johnson, Lakers [1979-80]
>>>  18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists

Guard | Luka Doncic, Mavericks [2019-20]
>>>  28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists



BENCH

Forward | Chris Webber, Warriors [1993-94]
>>>  17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks

Center | Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves [2015-16]
>>>  18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 55.9 2-point shooting

Guard | Chris Paul, Hornets [2005-06]
>>>  16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists

Guard | Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers [2012-13]
>>>  22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists

Guard | Kobe Bryant, Lakers [1998-99]



Rookies of the Year | Adrian Dantley (1977), Shaquille O’Neal (1993), Chris Webber (1994), Elton Brand (2000), Mike Miller (2001), Amare Stoudemire (2003), Chris Paul (2006), Derrick Rose (2009), Tyreke Evans (2010), Karl-Anthony Towns (2016)

NBA Finals MVP | Magic Johnson (1980)
— Kevin Brewer

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