Luka stock back on the rise
Luka Doncic has been 'magic' since entering the NBA in 2018, taking the league by storm after three years of success in the EuroLeague. Luka has come into the league in arguably the most difficult period possible over the past 20 years with last seasons disruption due to covid-19 and the implications the virus has had on this campaign but that hasn't fazed the 22 year old. After a difficult start to the season the Mavericks are returning to form and Doncic's stock is back on the rise.
After winning Rookie of the Year in 2019 Luka truly announced himself to the NBA in his second season as he averaged 29/9/9 on his way to a First Team All-NBA berth and leading Dallas back to the post season. After going down to the Clippers in the first round, attention turned to a successful 2020/21 season but due to issues regarding covid-19 it was unclear when the new season would begin and thus when it began in December Luka was out of shape and not where the Mavs needed him to be which led to an 8-12 start to begin the season.
The Mavericks have played 41 games so far this season and after a slow start they have bounced back and Luka has been the driving force behind them. They are currently on a run of 14 wins and 7 losses which has seen them push back into the playoff places in the West with a record of 22-19.
Heading into this season Doncic was being touted to be one of the top 3 candidates for league MVP come the end of the season but after the Mavs poor start he's basically been forgotten about. However Luka is still showing the world why he is still the man to take over the NBA whenever LBJ decides to call it a day, averaging 29 points 8 rebounds and 9 assists while shooting a career high from the field and three point land. He is somehow improving on his amazing sophomore year and if that isn't a sign of greatness, I don't know what.
Last 10 games:
Dallas have gone 7-3 over the past 10 games, Doncic has dropped 30+ in four straight games & is averaging 31/8/10 in the period while shooting 52% from the field and 43% from three.
This stretch has included wins over Portland, Clippers, Spurs & Denver, the four teams that currently sit above the Mavericks in the Western Conference.
Luka Doncic is once again having outrageously impressive individual season and it is beginning to reflect on his teams success (the true sign of a great player), he may not be in the MVP conversation for this season but the Mavs are starting to get wins on the board and Luka Doncic is heading to the top of the NBA mountain.