Mavericks: Is Luka Doncic the NBA’s best player under 25?
1. Luka Doncic- Dallas Mavericks
There is no question that Luka Doncic is the best player under 25 right now. He is elite by nearly every metric. Doncic ranks fifth in the NBA in ESPN’s real plus/minus. He is also fifth in box score plus/minus, seventh in value over replacement player (VORP), and 12th in win shares. That makes it difficult to question he is a top ten player in the entire league.
Mavericks fans know how special Doncic is on the basketball court. He is leading a historically great offense in his second season. Luka just turned 21 years old in late February. He is incredible.
Doncic’s decision to attack the basket more has been key in him taking a giant leap forward in year two. He is finishing at 75.4 percent from zero to three feet. That impressive rate has bumped up his efficiency and created more space for the Mavericks to operate.
Now, add him his already elite passing and playmaking ability to make Dallas impossible to stop. Luka drives and scores at the rim. When you bring help in the paint, he dishes it to an open teammate. Then, he runs a pick and roll with Kristaps Porzingis, and the defense is forced to make a difficult decision. No matter what way they go, it results in an easy score for the Mavs.
Luka Doncic is already one of the NBA’s best players and should only get better. Buckle up because it is going to be a fun time to be a Dallas Mavericks fan.