NBA Finals: What a championship would mean for Tatum and Doncic's legacies

Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics
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The NBA Finals are rapidly approaching, as both the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics will be representing their respective conferences to clash for the title. The Celtics make their second NBA Finals in three seasons and look to win their first since 2008. Dallas, on the other hand, makes the finals for the first time since they won it back in 2011, when their head coach Jason Kidd was a player alongside Dirk Nowitzki.

This Finals represents a "New Era" in the NBA, as both teams are led by two players who have been considered the best of their generation since they both came into the league: Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum and Mavericks Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic.

Both have had substantial success throughout their young, illustrious careers, from deep playoff runs to being perennial All-Stars and All-NBA selections to joining legends of the past with legendary performances in the postseason.

As the NBA enters a new era, one of the first stars of this new generation will lay claim to being the first to be called a champion. Will it be Luka or will it be Tatum? Let's dive into what a title would mean for each of their legacies.