Several talented young athletes have come into the NBA over the years. Some managed to live up to the hype that surrounded their names, while others have faded into irrelevance. For Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, the story line is still being written.
At just 21 years of age, Doncic is well on his way to etching his name alongside the best players the league has ever known. In fact, the Slovenian-born star has already broke several impressive records, including those from Michael Jordan and Jason Kidd. It’s still early, but this is a star that is clearly on the rise.
Let’s take a look at a few of the eye-opening records that Luka has claimed.
Luka Doncic Records
Most consecutive games with 20 points, five assists and five rebounds, topping Michael Jordan.
As part of a 110-106 loss to the Sacramento Kings in December of of 2019, Doncic racked up 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. In doing so, he passed the one and only Michael Jordan for the longest streak of 20/5/5 games since the 1976 merger. Just think about that for a second… Doncic was 20 years old.
For the record: Oscar Robertson had 29 such games, but this is still a remarkable achievement for Doncic.
First player in NBA history to post 30+ points, 12+ rebounds and 15+ assists in a game with 30-or-fewer minutes played.
It was December of 2019, and the Mavericks were facing the Golden State Warriors. Luka Doncic finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists in less than 30 minutes of playing time. In that same game, he tied Jason Kidd’s mark for most triple-doubles in a season in franchise history. More on that in our next entry…
Luka Dončić is the first player in @NBA history to log 30+ points, 12+ rebounds and 15+ assists in a game with 30-or-fewer minutes played.
Dončić is also the first player in history to record multiple 30-point triple-doubles of any kind in his career with 30min or fewer played. pic.twitter.com/FxJKSoZNKa
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) December 29, 2019
Luka Dončić now has 9 performances with a triple-double this season, which ties Jason Kidd for the Dallas Mavericks' franchise record for most triple-doubles in a single-season.
Photo: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports pic.twitter.com/Jsps9rLvAR
— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) December 29, 2019
Broke Jason Kidd’s Mavericks record for triple-doubles just five days after his 21st birthday.
As part of a 127-123 overtime victory against the New Orleans Pelicans in March of 2020, Luka Doncic notched 30 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. It was his 22nd career triple-double, which broke Jason Kidd’s previous record.
For some perspective: Kidd had 21 triple-doubles in 500 games with the Mavericks, while Doncic had 22 in 120 games.
Youngest player in league history with a 30-point, 20-rebound triple-double (21 years, 158 days old).
Luka Doncic managed to break this record inside the NBA’s bubble complex in Florida. As part of an overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings, the former No. 3 overall pick tallied 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists in 43 minutes. With this stat line, he became the youngest player in league history with a 30-point, 20-rebound triple-double (21 years, 158 days old).
There are a few other greats that have hit this mark in the past. You might recognize their names: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, DeMarcus Cousins, Billy Cunningham, Nikola Jokic, David Lee, George McGinnis and Oscar Robertson.
Luka Doncic finished with 34 Points, 20 Rebounds and 12 Assists. He became the first Mavs player to have a 30-Pt/20-Reb/10-Ast Triple-Double.
He also became the youngest player with a 30-point, 20-rebound triple-double in NBA history (21 years, 158 days old). pic.twitter.com/2ArI1BabZB
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 4, 2020
An excellent scorer, Luka is on pace to average more points per game than Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki. The Big German’s best offensive production came during the 2005-06 campaign, when he averaged 26.6 points per game. Luke is currently averaging 29.0 points, which would rank second in Mavs history to Mark Aquirre (29.5 per game in 1984).
Doncic is not just a great scorer, though. He can bang in the paint with the best of them. In fact, he’s currently averaging 9.5 rebounds per outing. There are only a few other players in Mavs history that have ever averaged over 10 rebounds per game over the course of a season (Tyson Chandler, Popey Jones, Roy Tarpley and James Donaldson).
Facilitating may be Luka’s greatest asset. He’s averaging 8.8 assists per game this season, which is ranked third in the NBA. If he can maintain that pace, he’ll stand alongside Hall of Famers like Kidd and Steve Nash for the best assist average in a single Mavs season. Kidd holds the record with 9.7 assists per game in the 1996 campaign.
Oh, and let’s not forget about PER (player efficiency rating). Luka is sitting at 27.5 for this season. Dirk holds the record for the Mavs at 28.1 in the 2006 campaign.
As the saying goes, records are meant to be broken. However, Luka is breaking them at a steady clip. This is just his second season in the NBA, and he’s already writing his name on nearly every page of the record books.
Right now, Doncic and the Mavericks are aiming to make a serious postseason push. The team is 1-3 inside the NBA’s bubble and holding the 7th seed in the Western Conference standings. Dallas has a fairly healthy advantage over the 8th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, but the race for that spot is heating up in a big way. In fact, there are six teams vying for the final playoff seed in the West.
Let’s see what sort of record Luka Doncic breaks next.