Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic ESPN’s favorite to win Rookie of the Year

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks and Euro standout Luka Doncic was the runaway favorite in ESPN’s Rookie of the Year prediction.

The Dallas Mavericks traded up to draft Slovenian wunderkind and European star Luka Doncic.  That alone created hefty expectations, but that is nothing new to Doncic.  He began his professional career at age 15 and has a plethora of achievements and accolades under his belt.

Doncic is favored to secure yet another trophy this season.  ESPN chose the 19-year-old as the runaway winner in their prediction of the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year.  Doncic received over 50 percent of the first place votes on the panel.

What it means?

ESPN has plenty of smart basketball minds, so it is an honor to win by such a wide margin.  Other than that, it does not mean anything.  Luka Doncic still needs to do the work on the court and perform for the Dallas Mavericks to win the award.

Excitement building

This accolade only builds the excitement of Mavs fans heading into training camp in late September.

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Doncic should be more than ready to deliver, though.  He has faced NBA competition playing for the Slovenian National Team and has played professionally with Real Madrid for four seasons.  Doncic may experience some growing pains adjusting to the NBA, but expect the transition to be easier than most rookies.

The young man also has the body and skills to be a force immediately.  At 6’8 with his ball handling, passing, and scoring ability, Doncic figures to make an instant impact.  That alone brings a ton of excitement for the opening night.

Final thoughts

ESPN predicts Luka Doncic will win the Rookie of the Year award this season.  The Dallas Mavericks are hopeful Doncic does just that and helps them return to the playoffs.  Postseason basketball is a real possibility given the Mavs roster, but things will have to break right for it to become a reality.

The organization has built a lot of excitement this offseason.  The additions of Doncic and DeAndre Jordan bring two new starters into the fold.  Another step forward from Harrison Barnes and Dirk continuing to be productive should have Dallas pushing for a playoff spot again.  Stay tuned.

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