Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic second in NBA’s Kia MVP ladder
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic got off to a slow start by his incredible standards. The 21-year-old superstar was not in peak form as Dallas had one win after four games, but Doncic has found it. Over his last four games, Luka is averaging 29.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 block in 37.9 minutes per game as the Mavericks have won every time out.
Doncic was installed as the betting favorite to win MVP this offseason. The oddsmakers placed him over two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, four-time MVP LeBron James, and the rest of the league’s talent. Luka can pile up the stats, but will it be enough to win the league’s highest individual honor?
NBA.com released their first MVP ladder on Jan. 8. Doncic did not hold the top spot in Sekou Smith’s rankings, though. Let us take a closer look.
LeBron James ahead of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic in MVP ladder
Smith placed LeBron in his top spot after his incredible start. The Lakers demolished the Mavericks and hold the best record in the NBA. Luka Doncic was second in Smith’s rankings, though.
Fans should not be worried. It was always going to be a slow start for Luka and the Mavs. Kristaps Porzingis has not played in a game yet, and the 21-year-old had a short offseason to get into prime condition. If Doncic can keep up his numbers from the last four games, he will be in the pole position in no time.
The best basketball is ahead for Doncic and the Mavericks. That should be a scary thought for the rest of the league as they already sit seventh in Western Conference, despite a slow start.
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