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Sport Are we properly appreciating what trajectory Luka Doncic is on?

08:40  09 august  2020
08:40  09 august  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

NBA: Doncic strong again - Mavs beat Philly after extra time

 NBA: Doncic strong again - Mavs beat Philly after extra time The Dallas Mavericks won their last prep game before the restart. An extension was needed against the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas won 118: 115. The best man was once again Luka Doncic with 23 points. © Provided by SPOX Luka Doncic scored 23 points against the Sixers. Philadelphia 76ers (1-2) - Dallas Mavericks (2-1) 115: 118 OT ( BOXSCORE ) The Slovenian did it in 26 minutes, adding 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Doncic was fouled on the drive and stayed in to sink a pair of free throws, but he checked out of the game late in the second quarter and went to the locker Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic sustained a moderate right ankle sprain Saturday in the opening minutes of Dallas’ 122-118 overtime loss to the

Luka Doncic has quickly evolved into one of the NBA's most dominant offensive players in just year two, but what are the reasons behind his evolution as a

Two years ago, Luka Doncic entered the NBA and immediately started making everyone who doubted his ceiling look foolish.

By next June, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year and by the February after, he was his team’s all-time leader in triple-doubles. Entering Saturday, he had averaged 24.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in his short career. It should not be controversial to say those are the numbers of a superstar, and that Doncic is already one of the 10 (maybe 5?) best basketball players on Earth.

Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis Could Go Down as an All-Time Great Duo

  Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis Could Go Down as an All-Time Great Duo Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis Could Go Down as an All-Time Great DuoPorzingis played for the first time in a while this year. He tore his ACL in February 2018 and was traded to the Mavs a year later, but didn't suit up until the fall of 2019. He played in 51 of 67 possible games this season and was still getting back into the swing of things, but averaged 19 points per game with two blocks while shooting 35 percent from three on seven tries per contest.

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Luka Doncic at only the age of 20 is a MVP caliber player, how great could we make the Dallas Mavericks if we traded every player on the team and built

And yet, watching Doncic, it’s beginning to feel like we are only watching the first phase of a multistage rocket hurtling toward inner-circle Hall of Fame status. That was likely true before the NBA was put on forced hiatus, but it was never more evident than on Saturday against the team with the best record in basketball.

Luka Doncic was the best player on the court in a game involving Giannis Antetokounmpo

Here is a play in the final minutes of the Mavericks’ win on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, the team with the best record in basketball.

Let’s slow that down, and enhance.

That right there is a left-handed pass between the legs of Defensive Player of the Year finalist Giannis Antetokounmpo with a minute left in overtime to seal a win over the team with the best record in basketball. And the person doing it is 21 years old.

Doncic finished the game with 36 points on 12-of-24 shooting, 19 assists, 14 rebounds and only turnovers. Per The Ringer’s Zach Kram, no player has ever posted that many points, rebounds and assists in a game. Not LeBron James. Not Russell Westbrook, nor Magic Johnson, nor Oscar Robertson.

And that — which by the way, came against far and away the best defense in basketball — was just more of the same of what Doncic has been doing since landing in Orlando. In the Mavs’ four bubble games, Doncic is now averaging 33.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 11.6 assists per game.

Right now, Doncic is second in the NBA in assist rate at 45.6 percent, behind only LeBron James. His Mavericks have the most efficient offense in NBA history with a rating of 115.8, on a team in which the third-leading scorer is Tim Hardaway Jr. The flow of assists on the team basically looks like this:

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  The best playoff scoring debuts? Luka Doncic No. 1 there too With how NBA offenses are exploding in the modern game thanks to more emphasis being placed on three-point shooting and pace, scoring records seem to be falling at an insane rate these days. Just on the first day of the 2020 playoffs, for example, we had…Just on the first day of the 2020 playoffs, for example, we had Donovan Mitchell go off for 57 points, giving him sole possession of the third-highest scoring playoff performance in league history.

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Luka Doncic took the NBA by storm. After he won the Rookie of the year, he entered the MVP conversation in his second year and became one of the faces of the league. Luka is the youngest player ever to score 2000 points in the NBA, and he did it while he was too young to buy a beer legally

Again, just 21 years old.

Stepping back and taking a deep breath, it’s hard to not look at the totality of Doncic — the court vision, the size, the sheer number of ways he can break a defense, the age — and see the potential star of a generation.

Doncic is doing LeBron James things at 21 years old, the youngest person to do so since, well, LeBron James. Just imagine what could happen if the Mavericks figure out how to upgrade their supporting cast, and possibly add a third star to play off Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

The Western Conference probably isn’t looking forward to that day.

a person holding a basketball: Luka Doncic posted 19 assists against the best defense in basketball. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Luka Doncic posted 19 assists against the best defense in basketball. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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By reinserting an injured Luka Doncic back in Game 3, Mavericks risked their entire future for no good reason .
Common sense should have told the Mavericks to shut down Luka DoncicAnd it didn't take a doctor to see that Luka Doncic was struggling to make it up and down the court in the fourth quarter of Friday's Game 3 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks. The second-year sensation sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter, limped off the court without showing any ability to put weight on the affected foot, and somehow made it back onto the floor less than four minutes of game time later. Predictably, he lasted only around two minutes before shuffling off the floor for the remainder of the night.

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