LeBron James Gets His Leg Pulled After Picking Luka Doncic in His NBA All-Star Team

Published 03/05/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Dec 25, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


For a second-year in a row, the Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic will play with LeBron James in the All-Star Game. This is after Luka Doncic dismissed himself as a candidate for the All-Star Team and was completely thrown off when chosen over Damian Lillard.

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It has a lot to do with the Mavs’ slow start to the season. With Porzingis consistently sitting out of games, it had left Luka and the Mavs hanging on in the West for dear life. However, the tables have turned since then, and the Dallas Mavericks have found their way to the top eight teams in the West.

LeBron’s third overall pick: Luka Doncic

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In the 2021 All-Star Draft, LeBron James got to pick first because he led all the players in fan voting. So, prior to picking Luka Doncic, he selected Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry. And Kevin Durant chose his teammate Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets and 76ers’ Joel Embiid.

As he announced Luka’s name, he called him something fascinating. He said, “With my third pick, I’m going to go with ‘Luka Magic’ from the Dallas Mavericks.”

Doncic’s return to team LeBron is a testament to how much he has achieved so early in the league. He was also the player that was most anticipated to win the MVP award this season as well. However, because of the team’s performance so far, he isn’t in the MVP race right now.

Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

How Doncic was needed in the other team LeBron

After Bron made his pick, Dwyane Wade jokingly stated, “You still got him, Bron. You may not got him on Team LeBron, but you got him on Team LeBron.”

This made everyone laugh because it was a reference to James revealing on ‘Road Trippen’, that he wanted to launch a Team LeBron brand under Nike and sign Luka with it. However, Luka ended up deciding to sign with the Jordan brand instead.

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This just goes to show how much LeBron believes in him. And although Luka didn’t think he deserved to be on the All-Star team, that wasn’t the popular opinion. The Mavericks stand at an 18-16 record in the Western Conference and on a three-game winning streak as well.

Let’s see how LeBron’s team fairs in the All-Star Game with Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Read also- Mark Cuban Reveals the Exact Moment Dallas Mavericks Understood Luka Doncic Was Special

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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