Mavs’ Luka Doncic’s average of at least 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists is first by a rookie since Oscar Robertson
Doncic logged 32 minutes against the Wolves, scoring 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting form the field (2-of-8 from beyond the arc), 12 rebounds, six assists, and one block. In doing so, he locked in a season average of 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game. There has only been one other rookie to achieve this feat in NBA history, and they called him “The Big O.”
With Luka's 27 pts tonight, he is assured of avg at least 20 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apg. The only other rookie to reach those benchmarks in NBA history….Oscar Robertson 1960-61
— Mark Followill (@MFollowill) April 4, 2019
At just 20 years of age, Doncic is already drawing comparisons to some of the all-time greats. He’s made 71 appearances with the Mavs this season, racking up averages of 21.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting from the field (32.6 percent from downtown), 7/7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and one steal in 32.2 minutes per outing.
For reference, Michael Jordan averaged 28.2 points 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists in his rookie campaign (1984-85). However, His Airness also had 2.4 steals that season. No one is saying Luka is the next MJ, but the numbers are intriguing.
With a 31-47 overall record, the Mavs won’t be making it to the playoffs this season. Despite that fact, the team has a lot to look forward to with Doncic on-board.
The Mavs will be back in action on Friday night when they’ll serve as hosts to the Memphis Grizzlies. Tip-off inside the American Airlines Center is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.