Mavs’ Luka Doncic makes history with top 5 finish in MVP voting
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic made history on Friday in the MVP results despite not winning the award.
Luka Doncic is the 2nd youngest player ever to finish in the top 5 of MVP voting:
LeBron James (21y, 110d)
Luka Doncic (21y, 168d)
Kevin Durant (21y, 197d)
Tim Duncan (21y, 359d)
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) September 18, 2020
Luka Doncic had a terrific 2019-20 season for the Mavs. Although Dallas lost in the first round of the 2020 playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers in six games, the Mavs’ future is incredibly bright with Doncic leading the way.
In 61 regular-season games in 2019-20, Doncic averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists. The Boy Wonder also shot 46.3 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The Mavs are so lucky to have Doncic be the new face of the franchise in the post-Dirk Nowitzki era. Dallas fans are praying Doncic spends his entire NBA career with the Mavs as Nowitzki did and delivers the franchise a title one day.
Moving forward, the Mavs’ front office has to surround Doncic and All-Star power forward Kristaps Porzingis with more talent. Odds are they will try, as Dallas owner Mark Cuban is one of the most aggressive people in the NBA when it comes to free agency, though he’s not always successful.
If Doncic somehow wins the MVP award in 2020-21, he’ll challenge Derrick Rose’s record for the youngest player ever to win the MVP. Rose won the MVP trophy at 22 years and 191 days during the 2010-11 season with the Chicago Bulls.
Since we don’t know when the 2020-21 season will start and when the awards will be given, we can’t say for certain Doncic will break Rose’s record. Luka, for what it’s worth, will turn 22 on Feb. 28, 2021.