Warriors coach Steve Kerr: Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is ‘already an All-Star’

All season long, 19-year-old Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic has generated attention throughout the NBA and beyond.

Now, the latest star to emerge in the DFW sports scene is earning praise from the head coach of the two-time NBA defending champions.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told The New York Times’ Marc Stein on Saturday that he thinks Doncic is “already an All-Star.”

Kerr’s comments come one day ahead of the Mavericks’ home game vs. the Warriors. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CT Sunday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Doncic — the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s NBA draft — has wasted no time in assembling a spectacular highlight reel this season. His latest episode of heroics came Friday night in Minneapolis, Minn., as Doncic hit a go-ahead three-point shot in the final minute of play to ultimately send the Mavericks past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-115.

Last month, Doncic had this spectacular game-tying shot that sent the Mavericks to overtime on the road vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be hosted on Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. The rosters for the game won’t be announced until Jan. 24, but Doncic came in second among Western Conference frontcourt players with slightly more than 2.2 million votes in the all-star voting second returns, which were released on Thursday.

Doncic is averaging 20 points, 5 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game this season. He has scored at least 27 points in each of his last three games. Doncic posted a season-high 34 points against the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 28.

SportsDay’s Brad Townsend asked Kerr on Sunday and Kerr responded saying if Doncic doesn’t make the All-Star team this year, he will in the future.

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