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SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic will be a “cornerstone” of the NBA for years to come, while comparing parts of Doncic’s game to Larry Bird and James Harden.
“He’s really good for the NBA,” Kerr said prior to Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks. “He’s important for the league — and [that] doesn’t really have anything to do with him coming from Europe. It’s more just what a wonderful basketball player he is. He’s different. He’s got this incredible knack for seeing the floor and being a step ahead. He reminds me a little bit of Larry Bird in that regard. He’s kind of one step ahead in the chess match. But he’s got this James Harden skill set with crossovers and stepbacks.
“He’s a brilliant player, so young; he’s going to be one of the cornerstones of this league for a long time. He’s very important to the NBA.”
Kerr and several of his All-Star players have spoken highly of the 20-year-old since facing him for the first time last season, but that respect has grown even deeper this year as Doncic has registered a