Mavs’ Luka Doncic becomes first under-21 player to record a triple-double within the first 2 games of a season
Luka Doncic picked up where he left off from the stellar second half of the Dallas Mavericks’ savant’s award-winning rookie campaign, registering his first triple-double in just the second game of the 2019-20 season. The Mavs shooting guard notched 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the New Orleans Pelicans punctuated by his patented stepback three-pointer that sealed the 123-116 road win.
Not only was it the first 2-0 start for the franchise since 2004, but also put Doncic at a rare company.
#Mavericks G/F Luka Dončić became the first-ever player under the age of 21 to record a triple-double within the first two games of a season following his 25pt-10r-10a performance.
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) October 26, 2019
The feat also extended Doncic’s total triple-doubles to nine before turning 21, zipping farther past Magic Johnson and LeBron James who each had seven and five.
Most triple-doubles before turning 21:
Luka Doncic 9
Magic Johnson 7
LeBron James 5
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 26, 2019
The Slovenian will undoubtedly have more chances at amassing triple-doubles this season given his ability to generate stats across the board as well as the collection of players the Mavs have assembled to surround him, highlighted by the triumphant return of Kristaps Porzingis from injury.
In their first two games, Doncic is averaging career highs of 29.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, with his mediocre free throw rate much improved at 80-percent. As always, this will likely go down as the season progresses — but if he is able to sustain these numbers and the Mavs keep on winning, we might be looking at a serious Most Valuable Player candidate. If he wins, it will also make him the youngest, surpassing Derrick Rose (of the Chicago Bulls) who won the award as a 22-year-old.
The Mavs will trade all of this, however, for a chance to get back to the playoffs after a long drought, which appears to be a possibility given the wide-open Western Conference.