The Dallas Mavericks are off to an underwhelming start to the season. They are 7-7, but have not had a healthy roster yet. Luka Doncic came into the season as the MVP favorite, but where does he stand now?
Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo entered as co-favorite. After winning two straight, voter fatigue could cost him some in the 2021 race.
The Mavs subpar start raises questions about Luka’s MVP chances. The key factor in the voting is winning, and that is something that the Mavericks have been struggling to do. It is fair to attribute the slow start to not having Luka’s partner in crime Kristaps Porzingis available and due to health and safety protocols that have forced key players such as Josh Richardson to miss games.
Where does Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic stand in MVP race?
Luka has been doing everything for the Mavericks in this odd season while putting up 26.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.5 assists per game.
2017 MVP Russell Westbrook’s team had the worst record of a winner in the last 35 years when the Thunder went 47-35 and finished sixth in the Western Conference. Westbrook averaged a triple-double per game in that season. Luka is close to replicating his numbers, which provides optimism.
Outlook of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic in MVP race
The Mavs will improve as it is still early in the season and this team has tons of potential. If Luka wants to win his first MVP award, he needs to will this team to more wins. Porzingis getting back to 100 percent will boost his stats as defenses will not be able to key on him as much.
Luka did not have a good shooting night versus the Pacers but still produced a triple-double. Porzingis stepped up and helped lead the Mavericks to a key victory to snap a three-game losing skid.
Doncic needs more wins like that against playoff teams to improve his MVP stock. The Mavs superstar has a great chance to win it. He will produce the numbers, but can the Dallas Mavericks get the wins? Stay tuned to find out.