Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Hawks’ Trae Young earn November Rookie of the Month honors
Per The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, Dallas Mavericks point-forward Luka Doncic and Atlanta Hakws point guard Trae Young have been named the Western and Eastern Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively. Doncic and Young are the first pair of rookies to earn the honor for the 2018-19 season.
First NBA Rookies of the Month honor of the season: Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 3, 2018
Doncic, who likely leads the NBA’s Rookie of the Year race after the first quarter of the season, has averaged 18.5 points (team-high), 6.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three-point range. A superstar in the EuroLeague, Doncic’s basketball IQ, three-point shooting stroke and feel for the game have had Mavericks fans salivating all season.
At 11-10, Dallas would be the eighth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs if the postseason started today. Though Phoenix Suns rookie center DeAndre Ayton, the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, isn’t having too bad of a season himself with averages of 16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game on 59.9 percent shooting from the field, the Mavericks have had greater team success and Doncic is arguable the best player for Dallas right now while Phoenix looks at star shooting guard Devin Booker to be the team’s go-to player.
Young hasn’t had the type of efficiency as Doncic, shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and, more surprisingly, 24.8 percent from three-point range. However, Young is averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 assists per game, both team-highs. Young has shown that even when his shot isn’t falling, and that was his calling card entering the league, he can still be a dynamic playmaker because of his basketball IQ and court vision as a floor general.
At 5-18, the Hawks haven’t had much — if any — team success. However, neither have the teams of fellow Eastern Conference rookies Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago Bulls).
*All stats gathered from Basketball Reference