Mavericks’ Luka Doncic on pace to make NBA history
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is off to a historic start in 2019-20 — literally. At just 20 years old, the Slovenian wunderkind is on pace for the best single campaign in NBA history from a player his age.
Though it’s early in the season — just nine games, in fact — Doncic has averaged 27.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.1 assists per contest, all while shooting 48 percent from the floor overall. He is Dallas’ unquestioned No. 1 scoring option, ball handler and all-around spark plug. Even with the addition of Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas has turned into the Doncic Show on a nightly basis and it likely won’t slow down any time soon.
It’s worth remembering that Doncic nearly cruised to Rookie of the Year honors last season before a late flurry from Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young. Now, Doncic finds himself in the conversation for league MVP honors, having spurred the Mavericks to a 6-3 record out of the gate. He’ll have vastly more competition in the upper echelon of the league’s talent than he did among just rookies last season, but he’ll undoubtedly get the chance to put up gaudy enough numbers.
For those of whom that have been surprised by Doncic’s ascension, it’s worth noting that he had already been named EuroLeague MVP — at 18 years old — before he took one shot in the NBA. Now fully accustomed to the league’s pace of play and general style, Doncic has reeled off four triple-doubles in his first nine games this year, providing just a glimpse of what his potential holds.