Luka Doncic is more important than Kawhi to his team - Stephen A. | First Take



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    Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate whether Kawhi Leonard is more important to the LA Clippers than Luka Doncic is to the Dallas Mavericks.
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    1. shogrran

      kawhi hasnt even played that much games with his team. wth is he talking about. if compared to money kawhi is insurance. doncic is payroll.

    2. iMatthew

      Luka magic

    3. emonte collins

      Max Now Loves Kawhi More Than Skip Hates LeBron

    4. Voice of Validity

      What are the Clippers without Kawhi?

    5. Peanut Butter

      Yeah but they had to trade sga and gallo for pg

    6. Kane Zagar

      Max has moved the goal posts and completely missed the argument here


      Luka actually carries the Mavs in a way that only Giannas does with the Bucks.

      1. Michael Jaradeh

        Not really, Giannis is carrying the Bucks to the best record in the NBA and a deep playoff run. Luka is carrying the Mavs to a bottom 4 playoff seed and a first round exit, which is still phenomenal for a sophomore on a rebuilding, but you're getting ahead of yourself when you start comparing him to Giannis.

    8. NBA Fan Crazy

      Without Doncic , Dallas is still a deep team with Seth Curry , Hardaway Jr and Finney-Smith including Brunson , Porzingis , Powell and Kleber . Also include Cauley-Stein

    9. Fernando

      Bro this kid is 20 having a historic 2nd season and you’re comparing him to a 2x champ and 2x dpoy... you got it all wrong

    10. SugarRay2

      Luka is def more important! With Paul George, the Clippers are not a first round playoff team!

    11. Ides of Marc

      This is a stupid segment and here why: 1. not a real conversation people are having, so your input isn't needed. 2. circumstances are different. Luka is the best player on a worse team, meaning his total contribution to his team is greater than that of Kawhi, who is the best player on a BETTER team, making his overall contribution slightly lesser. However, as the Clippers have reasonable championship aspirations this season, Kawhi is the difference between a championship and a first round exit, whereas Luka is the difference between playoffs and lottery. It's just a really obvious apples and oranges debate that didn't need to happen, and is a wasted segment. You can't tell me there was nothing else to talk about.

    12. dylan gideon

      The fact that this is a convo is dope af

    13. Adrian Belfon

      Luka>Khwai simple for me. Khwai's is amazing but he can't defend everyone and he could not stop Luka. The one superstar and khwai could not lock him down.

    14. Arlind Bajraktari

      Luka a better shooter then kawhi. -

    15. Stefan Tiosavljevic

      Max wrong on every subject 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣

    16. Michael Thomas

      If dallas didn’t get luka and they drafted whoever at 5 plus Dennis Smith and Harrison Barnes Dallas would still compete !!!

    17. Justin Nwosu

      Max been beating Stephen A lately

    18. EXO-L SuperM

      Why do I keep thinking that the Steph A. is the Joe Budden of the Basketball? They just don't accept the truth and has always something to say against it !!

    19. Jordan Jones

      To me, if Kawhi don't win the finals Max will prove he has recent bias

    20. Von Lymon

      Max is in love with kawhi leanord

    21. Christopher L. Denver

      I dont care about luka important is that zion is back in business

    22. David Groth

      Flip Kawhi and Luca, NOW talk

    23. bdscavenger

      this is luke's year, the force is with him. he'll be mvp

    24. Edward Hughes

      This is the dumbest question ever

    25. Hs 4a08

      Biggest Kawhi hater

    26. Kuro Lee

      Put Luka on the Sixers and they winning the Championship!

    27. Super Basb

      Bitter na bitter pa din si SAS kay Kawhi. Hayss

    28. Childe Harold

      Right now, Kawhi is a slightly better player than Luka because he is a great defender. Luka does some things better, and he may get better on D. I side with SAS here, though. No Luka, no Mavs playoffs, but the Clippers are in anyway.

    29. Richard Diaz

      Luka is good but he dont want the Kawhi smoke!

    30. Adrian Gonzalez

      OMG! Luker??😂

    31. Educated Burnout

      I mean, this is obvious, right? The clippers are loaded. Dallas is not. Therefore the clippers would still be good - at least playoff good - without kawhi. Which I guess makes Luka more important to the Mavs..? Listen, I’m really not trying to be a hater, but can we at least see ONE Luka Doncic playoff series before we start comparing him to proven greats like the reigning finals mvp? I know it’s not his fault, it’s the media’s, but still

    32. Camero Rockett

      Of course Max will say Kawhi. He’s been riding him for years

    33. John50 Beach

      Depends on your goal. Dallas aren't winning the championship. Clipper might. And without Kawhi they won't. So I'd say Kawhi is more important

    34. Matthew Mantzouranis

      This argument is not so much about who's more important than their team. This argument is more about which standard you think is of more importance. The Clippers need Kawhi to be a title contender while the Mavericks need Luka in order to be a playoff contender. So it all boils down to whether we feel that being a title contender is more significant than being a playoff contender or vice versa.

    35. Mal jones

      Michael Jordan the KING

    36. Mal jones

      Lakers vs Bucks for the next 3 years

    37. Subhan Malik

      I would think Kawhi is more important because the Clippers actually have expectation this season while the Mavericks dont. The Clippers need to win the championship or come really close or everyone would look at them as a failure. If Dallas makes the playoff, they are already seen as a success way before their goal. Clippers to win need Kawhi Leonard. If both Kawhi and Luka got injured really close to playoff season, it would be a bigger effect on Clippers then Dallas. Pretty sure everyone in Dallas thinks they will get eliminated by at most round 2, because how will they get past teams like Clippers, Lakers, Houston, and Denver so without Luka they are just gonna lose like they expect. Without Kawhi, the Clippers have almost 0 chance of winning the championship which is their goal they can achieve.

    38. brs rafal

      Maverick b worse then Knicks without luka

    39. Bronguero Rao

      If Mavs offer Luka for Kwahi...Clippers would do it it heartbeat

    40. FunkyJosiah

      Max’s last argument is stupid that’s pretty much saying imagine putting luka on a team with another super star like kawhi is, so with giannis? They’re unstoppable, he makes his team better give him a all star he’d compete . Or even let the Unicorn come back to full health

    41. xGriZz

      1 nobody was saying this whrn lebron was vs the gsw . 2 clippers only gott kicked out the first round cause theyplayed the gsw full health .. that was harder for them than kawhi finals run against them injured

    42. Isaac Barrow

      It always blows my mind that people don't get this. Of course Luka is. But Luka is not even close to as good a player. He's more 'important', but that's simply a result of Luka being a point guard and the ENTIRE system running through him. They've totally handed the keys to the franchise to him. Kawhi is so great, he can be more efficient, a better defender, and the clippers system isn't totally predicated around him.

    43. tasoj

      You’re contradicting yourself. First Porzingis is an all star, which he is not at this time, then you say Leonard has to share with George. Doncic is 20, and carrying the Mavs. Clippers are a playoff team without George and Leonard, they’ve proven that. Mavs are garbage without Doncic.

    44. broken jonny600

      if luka was on that clippers team they wouldnt be worse than now..... max always thinks just one way... that dork

    45. Dragonslaya96

      Now kawhi only top 5 Stephen A🤦🏾‍♂️. At least say top 3 Sheeesh

    46. Ruberto Bulberto

      That's a great argument. Probably comes down to personal preference.

    47. Eduardo Freitas

      Stephen A vs Max K is the goat debate

    48. Alexander Karaniwan

      Mavs did just fine while Doncic was injured. Doncic is a great talent but not as vital to his team as Kawhi is.

    49. Pat Bateman

      Max is right. Kawhi can get you a ring at this point. Luka can get you in the dance. Championships are more important than playoff appearances.

    50. Jrock420blam

      If you swap them the Clippers would still be a contender with Luka but the Mavs would not be in the playoffs with Kawhi because he sits out too many games. Kawhi would have to play a lot harder and more often than he is used too.

    51. Robbie Cleigh Marks

      Max.. cmon dude... Luka is the Mavs. I have a lota love for Kawhi, but Luka makes his teammates better in a way Leondard does not. Defense or not. Put Kawhi on the Mavs and Doncic on the Clippers. The Mavs would be worse than they are now IMO! The Clippers would be just as good if not better better Luka would get his guys EVEN more involved than they already are. Luka has allowed guys like Seth Curry, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber to have breakout years. Those guys may or not have without Luka. But what do I know. Just my opinion.

    52. John Mack

      What a stupid concept. Luca is a generational Star that could be a Maverick for twenty years. Kwahi is a older free agent who must win the title in LA or be considered a failure. The two men are on very different trajectories and shouldn’t even be compared with each other’s franchise relevance.

    53. Gedas Ereminas

      Many analysts and former basketball players have said it is unclear how Luka will succeed in the NBA because of the lower level of basketball in Europe and low athleticism. Now, I hear more and more from sports people that it is unclear how Luka will succeed in the playoffs. He played in the Euroleague playoffs, where he led the team to win the championship. In addition, he led the Slovenian national team to win the European Basketball Championship. He dominated Europe, not only in the regular season but also in the playoffs. I don't think he will have a hard time in the playoffs.

    54. A U

      It's so amazing that Luka is being compared to Lebron and Kawhi, while being only in his 2nd year.

    55. Skylarr Gatson

      Raptors were a 1st seed BEFORE Kawhi got there and clippers took fully loaded GSW to 6 games. Kawhi nice, but clearly his teammates were balling too. If you put Luka on the clippers they're still a championship contender, put Kawhi on Mavs and they won't make playoffs (bc of his load management the talent is there)

      1. Skylarr Gatson

        @Diego Velazquez So the bucks lost to the previous 1st seed team who added Kawhi? And only weren't 1st seeds bc Kawhi load managed. I shouldn't have to explain this common sense

      2. Diego Velazquez

        TorturedManX And the bucks were the 1 seed last year and lost to the raptors ... what’s your point ? Anyone can get the one seed in a weak conference

      3. Skylarr Gatson

        @Diego Velazquez Lmao duh, didn't coach pop have long streak of making playoffs? And Raptors were 1st seeds BEFORE he got there. KP isn't full form, Luka balling

      4. Diego Velazquez

        TorturedManX mavs became a playoff gems when porzingiz got there. Every team Kawhi has been on has been a playoff team

      5. Diego Velazquez

        TorturedManX You don’t win a playoff series for taking a team 6 games. Nice try though. There is no logical argument for luka over Kawhi. As matter of fact the only area luka is Better than Kawhi is passing. Kawhi is better both statistically and with the eye test at every other facet of the game. You can pretend like the luka didn’t play last season but he did and the mavs missed the playoffs. Kawhi has never missed the playoffs in his entire career.

    56. Elvis Božič

      So basically we are listening this two guys who get huge pay checks by saying what everybody alredy knows...

    57. This Girl Rocks

      When you don't have anything to talk about so you make up shitty titles to make ratings...ESPN👎

    58. Ben Whittingham

      Who cares about the regular season?

    59. Ruga Time

      And after he says that the clippers get blown out the by the hawks when kawhi sits the mavericks was winning games without luka

      1. Johnny Q

        Maybe the clippers get blown out because they were on a back to back and Luka made them work the previous night. Don't make too many conclusions after a game or 2.

    60. M1CO III

      1 of few where max gets it right..