With the NBA season coming to a close we’re approaching awards season. With that, Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic is no doubt the favorite for Rookie of the Year.
Coming into the 2018-19 NBA season Doncic was projected ROTY. However, being drafted with rookie stardom like Trae Young, Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton, and more, Luka had competition off the bat.
Out the gate, Doncic began making his case being in the Mavs starting five on day one. On the season he has consistently produced averaging 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1 steal, and 2.3 3-pointers per game all in 32.2 minutes a night before the All-Star break. After the break, Doncic only improved shooting to 22.8 points, 6.9 assists, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steal in 32.1 minutes per game. He also leads every rookie in points per game at 21.2 with the next closest being Trae Young behind him at 19.1.
These are numbers that a seasoned veteran should be producing, not a rookie. He is putting up number’s that very few rookies have ever achieved and is no doubt going to be the league MVP in the future. He’s a 20-year’s old producing like an All-Star player, but it’s not just his stats that are giving him recognition.
Veterans around the league have taken notice of Luka Doncics play and are praising him or the way he’s taking the league by storm. LeBron James, Damian Lillard, and Stephen Curry are just some of the notable names that have been shaken by his play.
Stephen Curry quoted, “He’s found a way to impose his will most nights. It’s going to be good to see him develop into a star.” And after the Lukas miracle shot against the Trail Blazers, All-Star point guard Damian Lillard said, “Something just told me when he threw it up in the air. I was like “That s*** going in.” He’s a really, really, really good player, not just for a rookie.”
There’s even having a conversation thrown around comparing his and LeBron’s rookie seasons. He leads LeBron in both percent from the field (42.7) and percent on 3-point attempts (32.6). He’s averaging more points, rebounds, and 3-pointers while being identical in assists.
Luka Doncic has been the clear disruptor in the rookie class this year and no one can deny that. Over the next four to five years we’re going to watch a superstar be born. Lukas ceiling is wherever he wants it to be whether that be winning the MVP or being the key player in bringing another title to Dallas. One thing’s for sure though and that is Luka Doncic should be the Rookie of the Year.