How Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic can enter the MVP conversation: 3. Lead the league
Luka ranks fifth in points and fourth in assists per game on the season. He also stands seventh in box score plus/minus and third in value over replacement player. Doncic is near the top of the league in a plethora of categories, but he only leads the league in usage percentage on Basketball-Reference’s leaders page.
Voters need something to hang their hat on in the 22-year-old’s case. The Dallas Mavericks are not going to have the best record in the NBA, and Luka is not going to average a triple-double per game. He can separate himself by leading the league in a category.
Doncic tops the league in time of possession and usage, but he needs a stat that voters sight often. Going on an incredible scoring run over the final 23 games might be his best chance at leading the league in a category.
Taking over an advanced metric could help him with the analytic leaning voters. His best chance is VORP, but Nikola Jokic has a massive lead in that category. The Nuggets star would have to struggle down the stretch to open the door for Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old is going to need help to make his MVP case.
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