Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic should be considered for MVP: 5. Elite scorer
Scoring is a significant part of winning the MVP award. Only one of the last 13 winners has averaged under 25 points per game, and that was Stephen Curry in his miraculous 2015 campaign. That alone cuts the field to 19. Basketball-Reference only lists 15 among their leaders because the others have not played enough to qualify.
Luka slipped to fourth in points per game after Giannis Antetokounmpo went off on Sunday. He is one of only six players to average over 28 points per game. Doncic has a chance to push his way into the top three in scoring with a hot streak over the final 13 games. No matter the outcome, the 22-year-old is one of the best scorers in the league.
Every serious MVP candidate this season is averaging over 25 points per game. Luka separates himself slightly by averaging over 28. Leading the league in scoring does not translate to winning MVP, but when splitting hairs between the NBA’s top talent it can certainly be a tiebreaker.
Doncic’s ability to do it in a multitude of different ways helps. The 6’7 guard is one of the best finishers in the game, and he has improved his mid-range and 3-point shooter this season. Luka borders on elite status from anywhere on the floor. That alone should push him into the MVP conversation.
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