The Dallas Mavericks have the most important piece to any championship-contending roster in Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old is an unquestioned superstar that continues to produce historic numbers. He is on pace to be an all-time great, and Luka’s game should only improve from here.
The Mavs were ecstatic to sign him to a five-year rookie max contract extension this summer. It was a massive summer for Luka as he led his country on an incredible run in the Olympics and inked a new deal worth $207 million. The two sides are happy to continue their partnership and will be looking to take another step forward this season.
ESPN is predicting the 2021-2022 season this week. They had Dallas fifth in the Western Conference before moving on to the individual awards and championship selections (subscription required). Where did Doncic fall in the MVP predictions?
ESPN predicts Luka Doncic to finish 3rd in MVP voting this season
ESPN’s MVP voting was a bit surprising. The reigning MVP Nikola Jokic did not make their top seven as Kevin Durant grabbed nearly 40 percent of the vote to lead the way. Luka was third just behind Giannis Antetokounmpo as the top three were head and shoulders above the field. Durant will need a healthy season to be in the running for MVP. Doncic should be in the race, but there will be plenty of contenders eager to take home the award.
The Mavericks also finished as the sixth most likely team to the win Western Conference. Fans know that Luka’s goal is to win a title for Dallas, and he wants to accomplish it every season.
Can the Mavs become serious title contenders this year? It will take a significant leap from Doncic to make that a reality, but never count out the 22-year-old superstar. They call him Luka Magic for a reason.