2. Clutch performances
Luka Doncic has always had the clutch gene and he's already proven that he has it early this season. When he went 4/4 from three in the clutch vs the Brooklyn Nets, it just felt a little different than before.
Players who consistently perform in these situations can be the difference-makers in their team's victories. MVP candidates are expected to contribute significantly to their team's success, and clutch performances showcase their ability to do so when it matters most.
Clutch moments garner significant fan and media attention, further boosting a player's profile. As stated before, the more a player is discussed, the more likely they are to receive MVP votes.
Clutch performances highlight a player's ability to excel under pressure, impact winning, and create captivating narratives. They are instrumental in shaping an MVP candidate's case.
Lastly, being clutch ultimately brings in wins. Everyone loves to win, and if Doncic can keep up his clutch efforts, the Mavericks will have no problem bringing in wins.
This season is much different for Dallas and Doncic when it comes to the clutch, as last season they were horrible in the clutch. No lead was safe when the Mavs were on the floor, and Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic never seemed like they were fully on the same page.
Doncic has been a monster in the clutch through three games this season, and Dallas' improved defense and late-game decisions by Jason Kidd should allow their success in the clutch to continue as the season progresses.