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Dallas Mavericks

Steve Kerr on Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic: 'I think he's already an All-Star'

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Luka Doncic (NBA Getty Images)

Add Steve Kerr to the list of people who have been impressed with what they've seen from Luka Doncic so far this season.

With the Golden State Warriors in town to play the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, the one-time Coach of the Year was asked about his thoughts on Doncic at shootaround on Saturday.

"The guy doesn't look like a rookie," Kerr said in response. "I didn't know much about him. I never saw him play until we played Dallas the first time or watching him on TV before that. But he is confident beyond where you would expect somebody in his shoes to be - you know, coming from a different country and being 19 years old."

"He's a brilliant player," Kerr continued. "I think he's already an All-Star. I don't know how the votes will shake out, but he looks like an All-Star player to me."

At the midpoint of his rookie season, Doncic is averaging 20.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He's already had a number of signature moments, from going on a personal 11-0 run to beat James Harden and the Houston Rockets earlier in the season to hitting a game-winner over Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves in his most recent outing.

The Mavericks have a 20-22 record to show for it, a major improvement from last season when they went 24-58.

Doncic's high level of play is reflected in the amount of votes he's been getting from fans for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, too. The second fan vote returns earlier this week revealed that the Slovenian currently has the fourth-most votes in the entire league, trailing only LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kyrie Irving.

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird are among the legends who didn't even get as much rookie All-Star love as Doncic is right now.

While the fan vote only accounts for half of how the All-Star starters are determined, it's coaches like Kerr who will have a say in whether or not Doncic deserves to be a reserve if he doesn't make the initial cut.

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