Mavs’ Luka Doncic ties LeBron James with highest scoring average in 20 games ever by a player age 20 or younger
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic continues to dazzle this season with yet another impressive performance against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Mavs’ sophomore guard finished with 33 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists in the team’s 118-97 victory.
Moreover, Doncic ties four-time MVP LeBron James for yet another NBA record.
Including his 33-point effort tonight, Luka Doncic is averaging 30.7 PPG in 20 games this season. That ties LeBron James for the highest scoring average through 20 games of a season by a player age 20 or younger; LeBron was also 20 when he did that in 2005-06. @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/DjbTW1aBp7
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Doncic, like LeBron, has taken a similar career path in the NBA. They both came into the league as teenage phenoms with a ton of expectations and pressure on their shoulders, and right from the get-go, they’ve shown everyone that they’re ready for the big stage and that they are worthy of being labeled as future superstars.
Although he’s still just 20 years old, Doncic is already in the conversations to contend for the league MVP this season. He’s averaging 30.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 9.4 assists. He’s competing with the likes of LeBron, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and James Harden for the said award.
The Mavs have now won three straight games and eight of their last 10, thanks to Luka’s stellar performance. The Slovenian sensation averaged a triple-double back in November, which made him the fourth player in league history to do that in a month.
Dallas remains fourth in the Western Conference standings with a 14-6 record, but as the season progresses, it is obvious that they keep on getting better. Although it’s still too early to tell, the Mavs might be one of the best teams in the NBA come playoffs.
The last that the Mavericks looked like a contender was in 2011 when they actually won the NBA championship. This season’s team looks poised to earn the same recognition, granting that they can sustain this impressive play throughout the calendar year.