Dallas Mavericks: How Luka Doncic stacks up against other MVP candidates

By Kohl Rast
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks have one of the best player’s in the league right now in Luka Doncic. He hasn’t been mentioned much in the NBA MVP race yet, but he definitely should be.

There are few players in the league who are playing better than Dallas Mavericks point guard, Luka Doncic. Luka has been electric in almost every game he has played this year and he gets it done from every aspect of the game.

Luka is currently in the top 12 in the big three statistical categories. He is averaging 28.3 points per game (5th), 10.3 rebounds per game (12th) and 9.1 assists per game (2nd). He is also averaging 1.1 steals and is shooting at an improved rate everywhere on the court except three-point land. His current shooting percentages are 48.5% field goal, 31.8% three-point, 84.4% free throw and an impressive 62% from everywhere inside the arch.

Aside from just that, Luka has been solid on defense so far this year as well. Doncic was pegged as a below average defender coming into the NBA, but through his first 82 games (72 last year, 10 so far this year), he has been pretty serviceable on that end. Obviously he is not a shut down defender by any means, but he can hold his own on both ends of the court.

As far as advanced statistics go, Luka is just as impressive. Doncic is 7th in the league in usage percentage, 2nd in offensive win shares, 3rd in total win shares, 2nd in both offensive box plus/minus and total box plus/minus and 2nd in value over replacement player. Basically what this means is that Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard are the only players who have proven to be more valuable than Luka so far this year, per analytics.

How does Luka stack up against the elite talents of the NBA right now? Where does he fit alongside the current and likely eventual MVP candidates for this season? Let’s take a look at some of the other top contenders for the most prestigious honor of the NBA’s regular season.