As the third pick in the 2018 NBA draft, rookie Luka Doncic is all over NBA headlines with his fantastic success so far this season for Dallas. Coming into this year’s draft, the Mavericks had a high lottery pick for a reason: They finished thirteenth in the western conference last year. The Mavericks record last season was an ugly 24-58, and with Yogi Ferrell out for the season due to injury, it was a disappointing year for Dallas.
The top prospect didn’t go to college; instead he played in the Euroleague for four seasons. In Doncic’s final season playing in Europe, he averaged 14.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, and 0.3 BPG. As a 6’ 7” point guard, Doncic is incredibly mobile for his size, and has great potential, as he showed in the Euroleague. At the age of 19, he is also the youngest player in the league, giving Doncic lots of time to improve throughout his career.
As a rookie, the Mavericks weren’t expecting too much from him, but definitely felt that Doncic would be a valuable asset for the squad. With those expectations coming his way to start off the season, Doncic came out of the gates on fire in each and every Mavs game. In all 21 games, Doncic is averaging 18.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 4.2 APG. He’s shooting an incredible 44.3% from the field. Doncic’s great shooting percentage isn’t just coming from close shots around the basket: He’s a great shooter, and has a great shooting stoke from deep. He’s known for lighting up the perimeter down the stretch for the Mavericks.
But with stats aside, as a starting point guard, Doncic is the primary option for the Dallas Mavericks. This means that it’s Doncic who is setting up most of the plays, scoring, et cetera for Dallas. And Doncic has one it at a very high level: The rookie is leading a team that missed the playoffs by a mile last season, and is carrying them to a playoff spot. The Mavericks may not be in contention yet, but with all the young talent that they have, Dallas can certainly be a championship contender within the next few years. This especially holds true if Doncic resigns, of course in two years, when his rookie contract ends with the Mavericks. And with the great, bright future that the Mavericks hold, there is no reason why Doncic shouldn’t resign with the team.