Stephen A. thinks Jayson Tatum, not Luka Doncic, will become the NBA's best player | First Take

Max Kellerman says Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has a chance to eventually be the NBA's best player, but expects New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson to become the league's top player. Stephen A. Smith puts Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum in the conversation.
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    ESPNPred dnevom

    First Take Primetime Player's List 1. LeBron James: 2. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 3. Kevin Durant: 4. Kawhi Leonard: 5. Stephen Curry: 6. James Harden: 7. Anthony Davis: 8. Luka Doncic: 9. Damian Lillard: 10. Nikola Jokic: 11. Joel Embiid: 12. Russell Westbrook: 13. Paul George: 14. Kyrie Irving: 15. Jimmy Butler:

  2. Boss Lax316

    Boss Lax316Pred 3 urami

    As a Celtics fan, I'm pretty sure Luka will be the NBA's best player. Tatum could be top five in a few years, but to say he's better than Luka is a joke. Defensive and shooting-wise, yes. But overall scoring, playmaking, and rebounding goes to Luka.

  3. Wano Godly

    Wano GodlyPred 3 urami

    I see no wrong on what sas said

  4. Haris Zecevic

    Haris ZecevicPred 3 urami

    Yes Luka will be a MVP in the next 2 to 3 years if everything goes healthy

  5. Jake Adams

    Jake AdamsPred 11 urami

    Jason 100 times better.on D than luka

  6. Charming nowhere to hide

    Charming nowhere to hidePred 14 urami

    If Ben Simmons starts shooting 3's then this whole conversation is pointless.

  7. S F

    S FPred 18 urami

    Doncic is more like Lebron. Tatum is more like Kobe.

  8. Charming nowhere to hide

    Charming nowhere to hidePred 14 urami

    dog but he’s not even in Luka’s air space

  9. Craig Hontz

    Craig HontzPred 20 urami

    I can see Tatum being the “star” of the league while luka becomes the most underrated player in the league. Luka is such an all around player, he can shoot, he can dribble and pass, plays defense.. he will be such a great player in the nba. But yeah I can see Tatum being not necessarily the face of the nba but the man who gets so much credit in every arguement. He’s a baller, he’s cold blooded, and he’s smooth. He’s an image a lot of people would want to replicate.

  10. Daniel Rodriguez

    Daniel RodriguezPred dnevom

    This is the first time I heard like intense background music😂

  11. Official Jeredabeast

    Official JeredabeastPred dnevom

    Luka > Tatum

  12. Nathaniel Lange

    Nathaniel LangePred dnevom

    I’m not trying to start anything, maybe just a conversation, but I feel like what max is saying is in a way casual racism, and I don’t think max is racist, he’s always supported blacks and Latin Americans when the topics come up, at times more so than some other African American analyst, but I feel like they’ve talked about this. Almost the same wording too, they had a topic and they were talking about how when white QB’s are good they’re viewed as students of the game and what not but when a black QB is great he’s just supremely talented, like one can’t be the both, and you could argue those points are exaggerated anyways, but they were the ones that said those arguments and it’s weird max didn’t catch onto that when he was saying looking at Luka is like watching a genius and no one else, granted he mentioned magic but that’s someone universally regarded as a basketball genius, why wouldn’t he say he’s on that basketball IQ level of a Lebron or a Kawhi or maybe harden. Like I said I’m not condemning him just thinking about this at work

  13. lugie p

    lugie pPred dnevom

    SAS better keep that same energy in a few years. SAS been doubting Luka since before the draft and then jumped on the bandwagon..... Then jumped off when Taytum had a decent season that's not near Lukas level. Keep that energy ⚡

  14. Van Hartenstein

    Van HartensteinPred dnevom

    Damm bro look at the leagues young guys, luka: a basketball genius with lebron like passing and cleverness and creativity reminiscent of Larry bird. Tatum: unparalleled talent and an offensive game with no weaknesses, a guy who can get hot and only be stop from scoring with a double because of his mamba mentality and moves. Zion: an athletic FREAK who can dominate every player on the court with his strength and hops and make a crowd lose it with a dunk or a block. I’m looking forward man.

  15. Dusan Dragojlovic

    Dusan DragojlovicPred 2 dnevi

    When you compare these players you have to take into account that Luka is MUCH more experienced than either Tatum or Zion, so he's ahead in his development. This is the primary reason why he's outperforming them at the moment. As far as their potential ceiling, it's anybody's guess to be fair, all 3 players have so much going for them and you never know how much a player is capable of improving until he stops improving, which is far off for these young studs. I just hope they remain healthy and we get to see what their best version looks like.

  16. bofooit gojo

    bofooit gojoPred 2 dnevi

    Luker Donchik is going to become the best player in the world!!!

  17. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhhPred dnevom

    groups. TF are they paying this guy for. They keep talking about Zion, wwhat about JA MORANT, the young goat in the making. JA is what everyone wanted Westbrook to be.

  18. Mustafa

    MustafaPred 2 dnevi

    They should change Luka's last name to Magic....cuz everything he does is MAGIC

  19. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhhPred dnevom

    This man doesnt like Non US players, dont even know what to make of that. Discredits Giannis and Doncic when they are clearly ahead of the competition around their age

  20. King Ivar

    King IvarPred 2 dnevi

    Keep sleeping on Tatum , Dude can literally become Kawhi Leonard with a better handle and Jumpshot , keep sleeping just like you all did when Tatum started exploding this season, not to mention how many Scoring options there are on Celtics beside him. Stephen A is a little baised i know because Luka is european but Stephen A knows Basketball he know's Tatum's no joke. Tatum built his game based on Kobe Bryant, Imagine if Tatum was drafted by the lakers and was now with Lebron? You'd all be saying hes already better than Luka

  21. Deep hug

    Deep hugPred 2 dnevi

    Oh ya he tripping on this one luka is legit a mogul hes one of those players that just have that it factor right off the bat

  22. bofooit gojo

    bofooit gojoPred 2 dnevi

    Jayson Tatum the truth.

  23. shazadster

    shazadsterPred 2 dnevi

    uhm. stephen A is smokin' some of that good sh!t.

  24. Mj Smith

    Mj SmithPred 2 dnevi

    Does Giannis not exist anymore🤔

  25. David Salama

    David SalamaPred 3 dnevi

    luka all the way and I live in boston luka can do ANYTHING

  26. Deep hug

    Deep hugPred 2 dnevi

    I like Tatum he is a great player but Luka is phenomenal he could be a on in a generation player

  27. Clipyz

    ClipyzPred 3 dnevi

    Giannis is the best

  28. ahc2599

    ahc2599Pred 3 dnevi

    Imma say this now, in JT’s PRIME I don’t even think he will reach the level of Luka was this season. This kid recently turned 21... 29, 9, & 9!!!!! ARE WE SERIOUS?? Luka will not only be a league mvp multiple times but I’m saying this now he will be on Mount Rushmore and he is going to be the face of basketball within the next 2 years. WATCH! JT is a dog but he’s not even in Luka’s air space

  29. niduoe stre

    niduoe strePred 3 dnevi

    Ayyyeeee just when I was about to forget Stephen A disrespects all white people

  30. Rex Lumbao

    Rex LumbaoPred 3 dnevi

    Luka might be the best player, but Jayson Tatum is the most skilled player in the nba for next couple of years when LeBron is going retired. Your thoughts ?

  31. DEX TER

    DEX TERPred 3 dnevi

    Well, Stephen A's analysis and predictions are always correct. 🤭

  32. M.Z.Fibula

    M.Z.FibulaPred 3 dnevi

    Luka 100%

  33. niduoe stre

    niduoe strePred 3 dnevi

    U guys sleeping on Ben Simmons....

  34. Johni Gasasira

    Johni GasasiraPred 3 dnevi

    Stephen A speakin fax JT different

  35. boon Doggle

    boon DogglePred 3 dnevi

    Luka is so overrated

  36. 15 r5

    15 r5Pred 3 dnevi

    Because stephen a is a racist.

  37. SD7

    SD7Pred 3 dnevi

    Ben simmons if he can develop a jumper would be the best in the league

  38. Jamie Ferguson

    Jamie FergusonPred 3 dnevi

    This man doesnt like Non US players, dont even know what to make of that. Discredits Giannis and Doncic when they are clearly ahead of the competition around their age groups. TF are they paying this guy for. They keep talking about Zion, wwhat about JA MORANT, the young goat in the making. JA is what everyone wanted Westbrook to be.

  39. Swervo

    SwervoPred 3 dnevi

    Jayson Tatum the truth.

  40. tonioland31

    tonioland31Pred 3 dnevi

    I really don't understand how this fraud Stephen A can still have so much exposure after all the rubbish he keep telling....

  41. kopac cervo

    kopac cervoPred 3 dnevi

    Blacks here saying don't bring up race. But everything outside basketball the first thing they bring up is race.

  42. Stefan Prodanov

    Stefan ProdanovPred 4 dnevi

    I like Tatum he is a great player but Luka is phenomenal he could be a on in a generation player

  43. Amanpaul Atwal

    Amanpaul AtwalPred 4 dnevi

    Zion, Trae, Ja, Tatum, are all special, but Luka just has it.

  44. bine

    binePred 4 dnevi

    I think we all know why... because Luka is European and Jayson is American, it's same with Luka and Trae. They say Trae is better because he's American. They don't say it, but they think it.

  45. John Lopez

    John LopezPred 4 dnevi

    Where did he get 2 to 3inches taller?

  46. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhhPred 4 dnevi

    Wasnt this the same guy that also said Doncic didnt belong in the nba when he got drafted?

  47. Corey Rees

    Corey ReesPred 4 dnevi

    Pfft nah, Luka definitely the better player

  48. ParkinGlass

    ParkinGlassPred 4 dnevi

    U guys sleeping on Ben Simmons....

  49. Santi F

    Santi FPred 4 dnevi

    Stephen A already talked trash last year about the Roy award, saying that T Young was going to win it. He just don't like Europeans playing better than the average USA player.

  50. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhhPred 4 dnevi

    better scorer, rebounder, and facilitator than Tatum

  51. Jayvee Paguia

    Jayvee PaguiaPred 4 dnevi

    Hatin' on european players af 😂😂

  52. sandeep pande

    sandeep pandePred 4 dnevi

    Luca and Mavs will win at least 3 NBA championships.

  53. G D

    G DPred 4 dnevi

    I don't see both becoming superstars. just stat padders with 0 playoff success.

  54. THE WOAT

    THE WOATPred 4 dnevi

    Whos the future superstar?

  55. Man U

    Man UPred 4 dnevi

    Drugs are bad

  56. miks01

    miks01Pred 4 dnevi

    Stephen always favors his brothah lol

  57. MAX AJ

    MAX AJPred 4 dnevi

    I would take luka any day he’s like mini Lebron

  58. King Yeezy

    King YeezyPred 4 dnevi

    Bruh he’s already a mvp candidate. That should already settle it tbh

  59. wahech al chika

    wahech al chikaPred 4 dnevi

    ZION 1??????? CMON

  60. Tee M

    Tee MPred 4 dnevi

    My Phoenix Suns could have drafted Luka... But this is how I look at it and it might be sad but oh well if they neither win a title than you can't look back . And by win a title I mean playing a decently significant role at least. But yes I would have taken Luka ... Imagine luka booker oubre Johnson baynes (until you find a better center)

  61. Eli blue

    Eli bluePred 4 dnevi

    did giannis retire?

  62. Ralph Films

    Ralph FilmsPred 4 dnevi

    Well a best player will always be an opinion like in 2012 I thought it was kd because he scored way better than lebron

  63. mike todd

    mike toddPred 4 dnevi

    Does max not realize athletisism isnt everything.

  64. soinhu foitu

    soinhu foituPred 4 dnevi

    I knew before watching this he was going to say Luker and not Luka

  65. Bobby Weempe

    Bobby WeempePred 4 dnevi

    This guy said 2-3 inches taller Tatum is 1 inch taller

  66. Obi Chukwura

    Obi ChukwuraPred 4 dnevi

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="166">2:46</a> Ok? And Luka is 21 in the MVP discussion while leading the Mavericks to the playoffs in one of the strongest Western Confernces we've ever seen. On top of that he's a better scorer, rebounder, and facilitator than Tatum

  67. Obi Chukwura

    Obi ChukwuraPred 8 urami

    John Greenfield Bait 3/10 you gotta do better

  68. o O

    o OPred 8 urami

    @John Greenfield IQ 70 detected

  69. Mighty Erebus

    Mighty ErebusPred dnevom

    John Greenfield You’re completely wrong 🤣

  70. John Greenfield

    John GreenfieldPred dnevom

    He’s not a better scorer, not a better rebounder and Tatum is a better facilitator. Tatum is better in every aspect.

  71. Obi Chukwura

    Obi ChukwuraPred 4 dnevi


  72. Obi Chukwura

    Obi ChukwuraPred 8 urami

    soinhu foitu I agree I think Luka's a better scorer tho

  73. soinhu foitu

    soinhu foituPred 4 dnevi

    scorer but Luka the better overall/all around player.

  74. Edgar Alvarado

    Edgar AlvaradoPred 5 dnevi

    Hahaha, dude really said tatum has 2-3 inches on luka. C mon now stephen a. Luka is legit 6-7, tatum is 6-8, that's only a one inch difference last time i checked.

  75. Rich Boi

    Rich BoiPred 5 dnevi

    Um Giannis

  76. M.Wade

    M.WadePred 5 dnevi

    At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="240">4:00</a> Tatum hit Hernandez with something filthy then drained the 3 in his mit

  77. Martina Martinez

    Martina MartinezPred 5 dnevi

    Stephen A. Has ascended as the 🐐

  78. Guillermo Jose Lopez Acosta SDQ07225

    Guillermo Jose Lopez Acosta SDQ07225Pred 5 dnevi

    Yes you said that cause Doncic is from Europe and Jayson Tatum is from USA! Americans ! 💆🏻‍♂️🤦🏻🤦🏻

  79. head honcho

    head honchoPred 5 dnevi

    He saying that Tatum is only 22 and he’s doing amazing things? Luka is younger and he’s doing more amazing things😂😂some of us in the comments would destroy SAS in a debate

  80. Idol Cesar

    Idol CesarPred 5 dnevi

    People saying "tatum can't shoot as many as luka because he has hayward and kemba".They take almost the same amount of shots though. Luka takes 20,tatum takes 19. At the same time who scores more, rebounds more, assists more while not having brown and smart to defend for him and kemba and hayward who scores at least 20 a game for him.

  81. User unknowns RB

    User unknowns RBPred 5 dnevi

    Steven is stupid luka was averaging 28 in his second Season I predict that trae young and Luka are gonna be the next magic and bird rivalry

  82. Fábio Cachão

    Fábio CachãoPred 5 dnevi

    by the 22-23 season Luka will be MVP, win it all and have the Finals MVP. better count on it.

  83. Tyrone D Washington

    Tyrone D WashingtonPred 5 dnevi

    Celtic fan from FL and I agree with Stephen A

  84. Senator Ted Cruz

    Senator Ted CruzPred 5 dnevi

    Why is he overhyping Tatum so much

  85. Anthony

    AnthonyPred 5 dnevi

    Lol Stephen a hates luka

  86. Jezzus Beats

    Jezzus BeatsPred 5 dnevi

    Luka that dude

  87. Ryan Walsh

    Ryan WalshPred 5 dnevi

    Luka plays like Kobe and Tatum like KD

  88. Brow Ming

    Brow MingPred 5 dnevi

    I'm a Celtics fan and an even bigger Tatum fan but c'mon cuhh. Zion? Luka is literally doing what all time greats do ALREADY. Tatum will be the KD to Luka's LeBron. Better scorer but Luka the better overall/all around player.

  89. Nate Bogosian

    Nate BogosianPred 5 dnevi

    future top 5 (fluid) 1. Giannis 2. Luka 3. Tatum 4. Zion 5. Ja

  90. SugarRay2

    SugarRay2Pred 5 dnevi

    Giannis isn’t that much older and tatum ain’t surpassing him anytime soon.

  91. Lawrence Chengo

    Lawrence ChengoPred 5 dnevi

    When it's all said and done Luka might have the most triple double and the most points in NBA history

  92. Daniel jarmusik

    Daniel jarmusikPred 5 dnevi

    Stephen a smith hates white people. He proves it time and time again. Smh at Biggot a smith.

  93. Santiago Vazquez

    Santiago VazquezPred 5 dnevi

    Stay off the weeeeeeeeeeeed Stephen A.!!!

  94. Patrick star

    Patrick starPred 5 dnevi

    I thought luka was 6”7