Mavs owner Mark Cuban hopeful Rookie of the Year award will motivate Luka Doncic even more
Cuban and the Mavs are still on a high after Doncic become the first Dallas player since Jason Kidd in 1995 to win the Rookie of the Year honor. While Cuban is unsure of how it will impact the organization, he believes that it will have a great effect on Doncic.
“It’s who he is on the court, it’s what he can do on the court,” Cuban said of Doncic winning the Rookie of the Year award, via Dwain Price of Mavs.com. “Hopefully it’s the motivation to be the best in the game, and how it impacts him as an individual. And that’s the exciting part.”
Doncic had a terrific rookie year for the Mavs, as he was able to show his all-around skills. The Slovenian forward averaged 21.2 points on top of 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. He defeated Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the race for the award, getting 98 of the 100 possible first-place votes during the balloting.
Luka Doncic will get a lot of help next season, with Kristaps Porzingis expected to return fully healthy. Porzingis, who was acquired by Dallas in a surprising trade with the New York Knicks last season, sat out the entire year as he recovers from the ACL tear he sustained during the 2017-18 NBA campaign.