The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a disappointing season, and nobody was more frustrated than Luka Doncic. Fans know that all number 77 wants to do is win. He was second in the league in scoring but had his worst MVP finish since his rookie campaign. The abysmal end to the regular season saw Dallas miss the playoffs for just the second time in the Doncic era and has everyone questioning what is next.
The Mavericks must improve their roster, but the front office has limited assets to accomplish that. They owe their first-round pick to the Knicks with a top-ten protection, so Dallas is hoping they can keep it after the lottery. It would give them another asset to use this summer.
Luka has been favored to win MVP for three straight seasons, but he has never finished higher than fourth in the voting. Can Doncic get over the hump? Tim Legler and J.J. Redick believe that he will, and fans can get the latest here.
J.J. Redick and Tim Legler believe Luka Doncic will win MVP
Former Maverick J.J. Redick brought up Joel Embiid winning MVP, and it went into a discussion on who is next in line to take home the honors. Ten-year NBA veteran Tim Legler mentioned Jayson Tatum before Redick called out Doncic. The two could not have agreed more on Luka eventually taking home the honors. Hear their conversation below.
Doncic has the otherworldly statistics, and he is only 24 years old. He is close, but the team needs to be better for him to win NBA MVP. The Mavs reached the conference finals in 2022, but it took a late push for them to finish fourth in the Western Conference. Dallas must improve his supporting cast and become a top-three seed if they want Luka to be the Most Valuable Player.
The NBA is flush with young talent. Legler and Redick named off six names with the caveat that they may have forgotten someone. Can Luka Doncic become next in line to win MVP? Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are not going anywhere. Jayson Tatum, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Devin Booker figure to be in the hunt too. Doncic can win the race to MVP in 2024, but will he?
Expect Luka to be hungry to improve this summer after a disappointing season, which could be scary for the rest of the league. He is already a top-five player with room to grow. Will Luka Doncic improve enough to win MVP next season? Stay tuned to find out.