Luka Dončić: Above all the Rest

Luka Doncic
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Luka Dončić will be entering his third year in the NBA. He’s already achieved merits such as Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star, and this last season, earning First Team All-NBA status. So what’s next? I can already hear the MVP chants as he goes to the line to finish off his and one, and for a good reason. I’m drafting Luka first overall with confidence and picking him over James Harden and Anthony Davis. Here’s a few reason’s why.

Porzingis can’t Stay Healthy

Kristaps Porzingis will already be missing the start of the 2020-2021 NBA season due to a lateral meniscus tear. Porzingis had it surgically repaired in October 2020. He is currently without a timetable for return. Without Porzingis, Luka becomes the first, second, and third scoring options! He will have all the opportunity to score and will likely be playing under the basket on the defensive end more than usual.

Dončić a Triple-Double Machine

Last year Luka averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, and led the NBA with 17 triple-doubles. Being healthier this year, he could take the record of 42 in one season that Russell Westbrook achieved in 2017.

Why over Harden?

While trade rumors loom over Harden, it’s uncertain to say what his exact value is at this time. If he landed in Brooklyn, that would only hurt his fantasy usage with Kyrie Irving and former OKC teammate Kevin Durant. His wanting to leave is also an issue: will he pull a Kawhi Leonard and sit out games to push a trade. What if a transaction never happens and he refuses to play? Not suitable for fantasy, no, sir.

Why over Anthony Davis?

The main reason is King James and all the other great players the Lakers he’s surrounded by in this organization. The Lakers are looking to repeat last year’s success, and driving Davis into the ground won’t be their strategy.

Injuries in the past have been an issue over his impressive career so far, and they will likely be careful with him. He is also known to pull a fast one on you now and then randomly be scratched from a game because he has a tummy ache. Look, the guy is great when available, no doubt, and I would agree with you if you told me he is the best player in the NBA; but I’m not ready to spend the first overall pick on him in 2020.

 

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