Mavericks’ Luka Doncic joins Magic Johnson as only player to put up a triple-double at MSG before turning 21
Though the Dallas Mavericks fell to the New York Knicks on Thursday night for the second time of the season, Luka Doncic continues to look inspiring in his second season after winning Rookie of the Year in his first.
According to ESPN, Doncic became just the second player in NBA history to put up a triple-double in Madison Square Garden — the home of the Knicks — before turning 21 years old:
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 15, 2019
That’s clearly elite company and Doncic is certainly making his believers look good in his second season – despite losing to the 3-9 Knicks twice this season.
Doncic is carrying the Mavs this season and his per-game numbers heading into tonight’s bout with the Knicks were absolutely stunning — 28.3 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, 9.1 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game while producing a 61.6 true shooting percentage and a sky-high 29.7 player efficiency rating.
According to Basketball Reference, if Doncic continues that production — which is certainly not out of the question — he will become only the third player in NBA history to hit 28 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists per game. Oscar Robertson — who did it three times — and Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 are the others who have accomplished the feat.
That’s extremely elite company, and Doncic is top 10 in various other categories as well, such as field goals attempted, three-pointers attempted, free throws made and attempted, defensive rebounds, assists, points, points per game, assist rate and more.
The Mavs made a terrific choice trading up for Doncic last season and that move is paying dividends in the early going of the 2019-20 season.