Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic transformed into a superstar in his second NBA season. Here is a grade for his production in 2019-2020.
The Dallas Mavericks changed their trajectory on June 21, 2018. Donnie Nelson and the Mavs had their sights set on drafting Luka Doncic. They were tied for the third-worst record in the league but slipped to the fifth pick in the lottery. The shot to draft Doncic may have gone with it. Luckily, Nelson was able to package the fifth pick with the Mavericks 2019 first round to move up to get Luka.
The trade paid immediate dividends for Dallas. He was the Mavs’ best player from the moment he came to the NBA. Doncic ran away with the Rookie of the Year and produced historically great numbers.
It did not stop there, though. Luka made the toughest leap in basketball this season. He went from very good to elite. The 21-year-old was a starter in his first All-Star game. He won Player of the Month in November. Doncic was in the running for Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. He is expected to make his first All-NBA team too.
Mavericks fans have only seen 67 games so far this season. The action could return at some point, but the suspension has already lasted two months. It will be a full offseason or more before games are played again.
Now, seems like the perfect time to look back at what we have seen thus far. We will grade Luka Doncic’s performance on both ends of the floor and overall from what happened before the NBA suspended play on March 11.
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