The Dallas Mavericks overcame a slow start that was fueled by injuries and COVID absences to a fifth place finish in the Western Conference. Superstar Luka Doncic was phenomenal as he led the team back up the standings. He worked his way back into the MVP race and secured the Mavs a place in the playoffs.
Doncic took his game to another level in the postseason. He averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds as the Clippers had no answers for the 22-year-old superstar. The Mavericks pushed the series to seven games but fell to LA for the second straight year. Luka was arguably the best player in the league during the first round of the postseason.
Doncic incredible third NBA season earned him yet another honor on June 15. The league announced the All-NBA teams with Luka finishing on the first-team for the second straight year. He has just the fourth player in league history to make multiple All-NBA teams before turning 23. Here is a closer look at the massive accomplishment.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic earns 2nd first-team All-NBA selection
It was just the sixth time a Maverick earned first-team All-NBA honors. Luka has two under his belt with Dirk Nowitzki earning the other four. He is just the third Maverick in franchise history to make the All-NBA teams. Steve Nash had two in Dallas with Dirk being named 12 times. It has been a historic start to his career for Doncic.
Luka making his second All-NBA team makes him eligible for a “Derrick Rose Rule” extension. He can sign a contract worth up to 30 percent of the cap this summer. The 22-year-old appears set to ink the deal, which will be worth over $200 million. Expect Doncic to get an opt-out for the fifth and final year of his new contract.
The Dallas Mavericks are facing an important offseason. Luka Doncic has made two All-NBA teams before turning 23. The Mavs need to put more talent around him and build a winner now. They will have cap space this summer. Stay tuned to see what moves the front office makes because it could be the difference between keeping Luka for his entire career and watching him depart before he turns 30.