Mavs have emerging superstar in 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)
Draft: Selected in the first round (third overall) by the Atlanta Hawks (and subsequently traded to the Mavs) in 2018
Position: Small forward/guard
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)