Luka Doncic ties Mavs record for triple-doubles in a season
Thanks to one Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks enjoyed a dominant 141-121 triumph over the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. In fact, the Slovenian star played so well in Year 2 that he’s already up for turning a Mavs record as his own even before the season crosses its midway point.
Luka’s 31 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists in the game matched Jason Kidd’s Mavs record for most triple doubles in a season. It was Doncic’s ninth triple-double of 2019-20.
Luka Dončić now has 9 performances with a triple-double this season, which ties Jason Kidd for the Dallas Mavericks' franchise record for most triple-doubles in a single-season.
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— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) December 29, 2019
Kidd is one of the best and most impressive points guards to ever grace the hardwood. He won his first and only NBA title with the Mavs, but he has been a phenomenal star during his stops with the Phoenix Suns and New Jersey Nets.
The fact that Luka is close to taking over the record Kidd held onto so long in only the first half of his second season is a testament to how good he is as a baller.
Moreover, according to ESPN Stats & Info, the Mavs youngster is only the third player in the past 20 seasons to achieve a 30-point triple-double in just three quarters of a game.
Luka Doncic has his 2nd career 30-point triple-double through 3 quarters.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 29, 2019
It’s understandable why everyone’s high on Luka Doncic. He’s young, media-friendl, and averages 29.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists a night. He’s the modern NBA superstar fans love to see play.
However, ex NBA forward Richard Jefferson cautions fans who jump the gun and call Doncic a top-five player.
“I think with Luka we have to continue to watch his growth. Does he have an MVP in his future? I would have to say today that the answer would be yes. But, do I think he’s a top-five NBA player right now? I think he’s most likely a top-10, top-12 player,” Jefferson claimed.
Jefferson does have a point: it’s still early on in Luka’s career to easily call him an MVP-caliber player. However, Mavs fans cannot be blamed for being overly high on their young star when he’s playing like this all the time.