10 Reasons Luka Doncic was wrongfully robbed of the 2024 NBA MVP

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The Dallas Mavericks are in the midst of an extremely tough playoff series versus the OKC Thunder, as the Mavericks were blown out in Game 1 on the road despite some hefty contributions from Dallas' role players. The Thunder blew the game open with their 3-point shooting in the second half, but the Mavericks had opportunities to stay in this game, especially if Luka Doncic was able to get anything going offensively whatsoever.

Unfortunately for the Mavericks, Doncic looked extremely hobbled by a knee injury that he sustained in Game 3 of the first round versus the Clippers, as Doncic finished with 19 points whilst shooting 6-19 from the field.

Doncic's struggles at this juncture of the postseason are extremely concerning, and he or the Mavericks will need to find some sort of remedy to his decreased offensive output if his injury is going to continue to be of concern in this playoff series.

10 Reasons Luka Doncic was wrongfully robbed of the 2024 NBA MVP

However, Doncic's struggles in the playoffs doesn't negate the fact that he was perhaps the best player in the entire league during the regular season this year.

While it was announced that Nikola Jokic won the MVP for the 2023-24 season on Wednesday evening, many fans and analysts would argue that Doncic has a far better case for the award all things considered.

With that being said, here are 10 reasons Luka Doncic was robbed of the 2023-24 MVP award.

10. Highest scoring average in the NBA since prime James Harden

While it seemed like an insurmountable feat for Luka Doncic to increase his scoring average from the 32.4 points per game that he averaged during the 2023-24 season, the Slovenian wonder was able to do just that this year for the Mavericks.

Even more impressive was the fact that Doncic was able to increase his shooting efficiency from the free throw line and from 3-point range despite his usage percentage being at the lowest mark since the 2020-21 season at 35.9 percent. All of this culminated into Doncic averaging nearly the most amount of points per game in the modern era, as Doncic averaged 33.9 points per game this season, the most since James Harden averaged 34.3 points and 35.0 points per game in the 2019-20 and 2018-19 seasons respectively.

Doncic’s scoring output this season was nothing short of amazing, as he continued to add even more tricks to his already extremely deep bag. Doncic epitomized what it means to be a hyper-efficient three-level scorer this season for the Mavericks, as Doncic became increasingly dynamic with his ability to hit tough shots and draw fouls in the mid-range this season for the Mavericks, which led him to secure the Mavericks' single-season record for points in a season.

Doncic already possesses the ability to get to the rim at will against most defenders one-on-one, and his stepback 3-pointer is nearly unguardable when he has his legs underneath him. Doncic has been a masterful scorer throughout his entire career, so it’s extremely impressive that he was able to up his points per game at this stage in his career, even if it’s only marginally.