6 Mavericks in the running for NBA Awards (and their chances of winning)

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2. Luka Doncic - MVP

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic is having a historic season, and he is deep in the hunt for the MVP award. It looks like it'll come down to Doncic, Nikola Jokic, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Doncic is proving that he deserves this award as much as anyone.

Doncic is averaging 33.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 9.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from downtown. This has easily been the best season of Doncic's career, and his improvements as a shooter and defender have helped form him into the most dangerous player in the Western Conference.

It's going to be an uphill battle for Doncic to win the MVP this season, but he has shown that he deserves it. Winning 15 of the last 17 games during the most important time of the season can't be ignored, and Doncic is truly the most valuable player in the NBA when you look around the league.

The NBA's MVP race between Doncic, Gilgeous-Alexander, and Jokic could go down to the wire, and Mavs fans will eagerly await the results. Jokic is the heavy favorite right now, but an unbelievable end of the season for Doncic could convince enough voters to vote for him.

Doncic has improved in all areas of the game, but an NBA Finals win is something that he is much more focused on.

Doncic will certainly be in the top three for this award, but Jokic looks to be far in the lead unless something changes soon.