Dončić makes NBA All-Star starter roster for 4th time
Slovenian basketball superstar Luka Dončić has made the starter roster for the NBA All-Star game that will take place on 18 February in Indianapolis in what will be his fifth All-Star appearance and the fourth time he made the starting five.
According to Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Mavericks superstar received the most fan votes among Western Conference guards, while both the media and players ranked him second behind Oklahoma City Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Dončić will play for the Western Conference team alongside LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), who will be the team captain, Kevin Durant (Phoenix Suns), Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) and Gilgeous-Alexander.
The Eastern Conference starters will be team captain Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers) and Damian Lillard (Milwaukee Bucks).
"When I was a child I always wanted to watch the All-Star game but my parents would not let me because it was at around three in the morning," said Dončić.
He is ranked second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 33.6 points per game, and third in assists, averaging 9.3 per game.
The Slovenian first played the All-Star game in the 2019-2020 season. The following year he was in the starter roster for the first time. At 24 years, Dončić is one of only six players that made the All Star team five times before age 25.