The lead he has built is nonetheless remarkable given the potency of this freshman class, while it may be premature to announce Luka Doncic this year’s Rookie of the Year.
The 20-year-old is currently keeping historic company. Today, if the campaign closed, he’d join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He’s even blown projections about his abilities out of the water. The Dallas Mavericks didn’t stop at one unicorn. They rolled the dice onto another before the deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he is coming off an ACL tear and won’t play this season, before going down, but he do stuff that is previously unseen.
Pairing Doncic and Porzingis gives its long-awaited blueprint for its Nowitzki age to Dallas, and the ceiling is high enough to turn that strategy.
“Dallas currently has two players under the age of 25 who are the top two players on a championship team,” The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks wrote. “Just about every team in the league would kill for that chance.”
The Mavs also generated significant spending cash for this summer, and also a lucky bounce of a few ping-pong balls could retain their top-five-protected pick away from the Hawks. While factoring in the risks a free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future seems bright.