Mavs coach Rick Carlisle not surprised by Luka Doncic’s 40-point triple-double
Most pundits saw great things ahead for Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic after a stellar rookie campaign, but not a lot of people could have predicted him making such a huge leap in just his second season with the Mavs.
The 20-year-old Slovenian guard dropped his 14th career triple-double performance in their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Doncic had a career-best 42 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, giving the Mavs its eighth win in 13 games this season.
Shortly after the match, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he is not surprised by his young guard’s amazing feat, per Callie Caplan of Dallas News.
“He can do anything he wants on the basketball court. … He’s having just one of those magical runs right now.”
After besting Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young for the Rookie of The Year plum last year, Doncic has raised the level of his game further and has emerged as an early candidate for the Most Valuable Player award.
Doncic has scored 24 points or more in Dallas last nine games — finishing with a triple double five times in that amazing stretch.
He has also emerged as the best player for coach Carlisle and is keeping Dallas at the top four of the standings in the extremely tough Western Conference. The Mavs currently have an 8-5 record.
With the way he has started this year, Doncic is looking more and more like LeBron James in his early years. He also became the second player in NBA history alongside James to record a 40+ point triple-double before turning 21.