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Luka Doncic has been likened to LeBron James and the duo's rookie numbers certainly show the Dallas Mavericks sensation and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar are comparable at this stage of the Slovenian's career. It was Dwyane Wade who said 19-year-old Doncic's passing ability was "LeBron James-like" after facing the Mavs with the Miami Heat last week. Doncic, the third overall pick in last year's draft, is the clear frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, a prize James took home in 2003-04 when he was a teenager playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In a deal made agreed to before the picks were made, the Atlanta Hawks traded Luka Doncic, taken No. 3, to Dallas for Trae Young (taken fifth), and the Hawks got the Mavericks 2019 first-round pick (top five protected). It forever linked Doncic and Young in the minds of fans (fair or not). Doncic has gone on to become a historically good rookie — averaging 20.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, he is the Mavs best player, is the runaway Rookie of the Year, and is already a star (who fans almost voted into the All-Star Game) — which has led to a lot of criticism for Atlanta in some quarters for not keeping the pick and Doncic.
First-time NBA All-Stars Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic and reigning Kia NBA Rookies of the Month Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will display their vast array of talents in the 2019 Taco Bell�� Skills Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The busiest evening of NBA All-Star Weekend takes place on Saturday, February 16 (2/16/19) with the slam dunk contest, three-point shooting contest and skills challenge at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The evening kicks off at 8 p.m. eastern time on TNT. For tickets to NBA All-Star
Saturday night is probably the most exciting night of All-Star Weekend. Coincidentally, it also features the most Dallas Mavericks players competing. Both Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki will take part in separate events. Doncic will appear in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Nowitzki will participate