Dallas Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Sr. says Luka Doncic is legit MVP candidate

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is a legit threat in the MVP race. Tim Hardaway Sr. shared his view during his On the Mark podcast guest spot.

Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic is the talk of the NBA. The 20-year-old has taken a massive leap in his second season. He is averaging 30.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game. Doncic is also leading the Mavs into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.

He stood out during his rookie season. Luka was clearly the Mavs lead ball-handler and future building block. The additions of Kristaps Porzingis, Delon Wright, and Seth Curry have taken it to the next level. The Mavericks are a playoff team, and Doncic has joined the league’s Most Valuable Player conversation.

It should not be surprising. No player can match his stat line. Luka is third in points, second in assists, and 14th in rebounds per game. Nobody else is in the top 20 in each of those three categories.

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THS goes On the Mark

Tim Hardaway Sr. joined the On the Mark podcast with Mark Carmen recently. He talked about a myriad of topics including his playing days and the NBA right now. Fans can listen to the episode below.

Carmen asks Hardaway Sr. for his thoughts on Luka Doncic. The five-time All-Star shares some massive praise for the Mavs star including calling him “no question MVP top three guy”. Hardaway played 13 seasons in the NBA, so he knows plenty about what it takes to be one of the best.

It is always fantastic to hear former players give props to Luka. It shows that the Mavericks star is on the path to greatness.

Talks about watching his son in NBA

Hardaway Sr. also touches on his son playing for the Mavericks and his enjoyment in watching him. Senior is a proud dad. Tim Hardaway Jr. continues to make an impact for Dallas, and his move into the starting lineup sparked the Mavs recent hot stretch.

Tim Hardaway also discusses Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Don Nelson, Pat Riley, and his NBA career during one hour chat. Fans should listen to the entire episode.

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