How Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic can enter the MVP conversation: 5. Pile on points
The Most Valuable Player always piles on the points. Over the last five years, only Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2019 averaged less than 29 points per game. It takes an otherworldly stat line to win the award.
Luka is averaging 28.6 points per game this season, which ranks fifth in the NBA. The Mavs have 23 games remaining, but they are likely to sit Doncic on a few occasions. Assuming he plays 20 more times this season, the 22-year-old would have average 33.0 points per game down the stretch to top 30 a night for the season.
That is not out of the question. Luka has averaged 30.7 a night over his last nine games, and that includes three blowouts where the Mavericks star played under 30 minutes.
Doncic must pile on the points down the stretch if he wants to get back into the MVP race. The 22-year-old will need his numbers to do the talking because Dallas can only climb so far up the standings in their final 23 games. If Luka can get his season average to 30 points a night, he has a shot at receiving MVP votes.
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