Luka 'Is Better Than Larry Bird!'

DALLAS - Maybe Chandler Parsons is biased, given that he has ties to the Dallas Mavs, having played here for a time.

Or maybe Chandler Parsons is ... right?

Luka Doncic has grown and dominated through six NBA seasons, winning the Rookie of the Year award and earning five All-NBA first team selections. ... and now he's the NBA's leading scorer and is in his second Western Conference Finals in the last three years.

And therefore, added all up ...

"Hot take: Luka's already better than Larry Bird was," Parsons said.

luka 'is better than larry bird!'

Luka 'Is Better Than Larry Bird!'

The other panelists on FanDuel TV's "Run it Back'' - Shams Charania, Michelle Beadle and Lou Williams - seemed dumbfounded.

But is it so dumb?

Bird played for 13 years and won three NBA titles. Doncic cannot match that ... yet.

Bird was a 12-time All-Star and a three-time MVP. Doncic cannot match that ... yet.

It seems logical to suggest that for Doncic - right now one of the five best players in the NBA - the individual accolades are inevitable.

The titles? That is really what separates the all-time greats from the incredible level above that ... which is where Bird resides.

Can Doncic chase that? The path continues in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Friday, as his Mavs are at home looking to take a 2-0 lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... and if they make the NBA Finals, they face the East winner of Pacers vs. Celtics ... Bird's old team.

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