Richard Jefferson: 'Luka Doncic Isn't A Top 5 Player In The NBA'

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(via The Smoking Cuban)

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Following quite an impressive Rookie of the Year campaign, Luka Doncic took the league for assault during his sophomore year, embarrassing defenders and leading his Dallas Mavericks in the race for a spot in the playoffs.

Doncic has taken a massive step forward on his development and he's gone from MIP candidate to MVP candidate right before our eyes, showing an offensive versatility you rarely see on second-year players.

The former Real Madrid player has earned a lot of praise around the league for the way he's playing right now, and truth to be told, you could make a case for him being a top-5 player in the NBA, at least when it comes to this season.

However, Richard Jefferson is still wary of giving him such a high distinction, at least for the time being, as he claimed during his latest appearance on ESPN's First Take:

"My take about Luka is this: we're forgetting the addition of [Kristaps] Porzingis. Porzingis is a special, unique, player. When you add the two of them together great things can happen. Luka is special, I am a great Luka fan. Do I believe that he's an MVP? Not this year. Right, I think Giannis has separated himself from everybody else. I think that the season that James Harden is having. (...) I think with Luka we have to continue to watch his growth. Does he have an MVP in his future? I would have to say today that the answer would be yes. But, do I think he's a top-five NBA player right now? I think he's most likely a top-10, top-12 player," Jefferson claimed.

So far, Doncic has put averages of 29.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game while shooting 47.7% from the floor, so he definitely has a strong case about being a top-5 player, at least when it comes to this season. However, like Jefferson said, let's just watch his growth and develop into an MVP before putting that much pressure on his shoulders.