Luka Doncic broke almost every relevant record for players his age. He was playing overseas and made an instant impact on the league upon arrival. He had one of the greatest rookie years in recent memory. Doncic followed that season up with a sensational sophomore campaign this year. Luka is in the MVP race in just his second season. Meanwhile, he is also breaking triple-double records with his well-rounded play this early in his career.
Doncic has already been playing at a historically significant level. There is a major stat that he has already matched, which puts his name up with some of the greatest players in history. Doncic is averaging a 50 ppg contribution through points and assists this season. James Harden is the only other player to match this sort of contribution this season. Doncic is averaging 28.7 points and 8.7 assists a game. This means his per-game scoring contribution is 50.1 ppg, as indicated by ESPN Stats and Info.
Luka Doncic on a historic pace?
Doncic’s early career success is already well-documented. He may be making the jump from Rookie of the Year to all-NBA first team within just a season. Doncic has almost single-handedly led the Mavericks into the playoff race, even though most people had them out of the top-8. Doncic has the second-most triple-doubles of anyone in their sophomore season, behind Oscar Robertson.
Doncic’s Mavericks are sitting on the 7th seed in the Western Conference. However, their seeding isn’t an accurate representation of their play. The Mavericks have one of the greatest offences in NBA history this season. A lot of this is because of the offensive wizard that Doncic is. He finds a way to involve the whole team in the offence. This is from his drive-and-dish passes and general playmaking. He also has one of the highest percentages of ‘hockey assists’, which refers to the pass before the actual assist. He forced defences to converge on him, creating a whole bunch of openings on the perimeter.
The Mavericks lost to the Houston Rockets in their opening game. However, the game was a high-scoring affair. It reflected the sound offensive systems of both teams, but also the lack of defence both teams have.