Mavs’ Luka Doncic sets franchise record for most triple-doubles in a season
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has pretty much been a walking triple-double in just his second NBA season, stuffing the stat-sheet for head coach Rick Carlisle on most nights. At times when he doesn’t record double digits in three statistical categories, Doncic is usually just a few rebounds and assists short, norming 29.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.9 assists in 31 games.
The Slovenian wunderkind was once again all over the box score on Saturday, tallying his 10th triple-double of the season in the Mavs’ 123-120 defeat to the Charlotte Hornets. Luka Doncic came away with 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 43 minutes.
Per the Mavs’ PR team, Luka Doncic has now surpassed current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd for the most triple-doubles in franchise history. Kidd collected nine triple-doubles in the 1995-96 season.
The 20-year-old second year player also holds the most triple-doubles out of all players in the league this year, besting All-Stars LeBron James (8) and Nikola Jokic (7).
Luka Dončić just recorded his 10th triple-double of the season, surpassing Jason Kidd (9 in 1995-96) for the most triple-doubles in a single season in a #Mavericks uniform.
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 5, 2020
With plenty of games still left to be played this season, Luka Doncic is expected to break more franchise and league records along the way. He has already surpassed his triple-double output during his rookie year, where he accomplished the feat eight times in 72 games.
It is also worth noting that Luka Doncic’s greatness goes beyond what he puts on the box score, as Dallas has actually gotten considerably better this season. The team did fall to 22-13 (6th place in the West) with the loss tonight, but are still on track to make their way back to postseason.
Luka Doncic currently is the top vote-getter from the first All-Star ballot returns, and he certainly deserves the billing after such an amazing start this season.
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