Doncic in midst of historic season for Mavs

Mavs have emerging superstar in Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic

As an early MVP candidate, we present for your consideration Luka Doncic.

Indeed, in their 20-year-old Slovenian, the Dallas Mavericks have a multi-talented small forward in the midst of one of the best seasons enjoyed by any player in their second NBA campaign.

As of mid-December, Doncic was third in the league in scoring with a 30.0 points per game average, to go with 9.2 assists (second) and 9.8 rebounds (15th). For those of you scoring at home, that’s just shy of averaging a triple-double, which if he were to accomplish that in 2019-20 would put him in the company of Russell Westbrook (2016-19) and Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (1961-62) as the only players in NBA history to pull off that feat.

Furthermore, were he to maintain his 30 points per game average (or at least come close), he would join LeBron James (27.2 in 2004-05) and Kevin Durant (25.3 in 2008-09) as the only players to average at least 25 points per game in their age 20 season.

He’s already set a few records this year, having broken Michael Jordan’s record for most consecutive games of at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds and eclipsed Magic Johnson’s mark of most triple-doubles before turning 21.

That he’s doing all this on a team that is leading the Southwest Division with the Western Conference’s third-best record makes him a player to watch as the season goes along.

Doncic and the Mavs can be seen in action Wednesday, Jan. 8, when they host the Denver Nuggets in a game airing on ESPN.

Name: Luke Doncic

Birth date: Feb. 28, 1999

Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Height/weight: 6 feet, 7 inches/230 pounds

Teams: Real Madrid (2015-18), Dallas Mavericks (2018-present)

College: None

Draft: Selected in the first round (third overall) by the Atlanta Hawks (and subsequently traded to the Mavs) in 2018

Position: Small forward/guard

No.: 77

Honors and achievements: NBA Rookie of the Year (2019); NBA All-Rookie Team (2019); EuroLeague MVP (2018); EuroLeague champion (2018); Sports Illustrated Breakout of the Year (2019)

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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