Luka Doncic has Michael Jordan-like rookie numbers
As a matter of fact, NBA writer Joshua Howe pointed out a very interesting statistic that puts Doncic at the same level as the great Michael Jordan when the six-time NBA champ was himself a rookie.
Rookies in NBA history who have averaged at least 19/6/4 and a 58 TS%:
— Joshua Howe (@Howevolution) November 29, 2018
In 19 starts of the Mavs this season, Doncic is averaging a very impressive 19.1 points, 2.5 three-pointers, 6.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.0 steals in 33.2 minutes per contest. While the 19-year-old is currently shooting at a 45.7-percent rate from the field, his true shooting percentage is actually much higher at 58 percent.
As pointed out by Howe, the only other rookie to have amassed such striking numbers is Jordan. That’s probably the highest level of complement Doncic can expect at this point in his career.
Moreover, what these numbers don’t show is how effortlessly Doncic has adjusted to life in the NBA. Simply put, he’s just not playing like a rookie.
More importantly, though, he has been leading the charge for the Mavericks who are now 10-9 to start the season, and are sitting at the eighth spot of an extremely competitive Western Conference. The Mavs were supposed to be undergoing a rebuilding phase right now, but at the rate things are going, it does not seem like Doncic got that memo.