Luka Doncic jumps into top 3 in ESPN NBArank

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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was already one of the best players in the NBA, but he took his game to another level in the playoffs as led his team to the conference finals. The 6’7 ball-handler averaged 31.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.8 steals during the Mavs postseason run that included destroying the top-seeded Suns in Game 7 on their home floor to make the final four.

Doncic has a Hall of Fame worthy resume after just four seasons in the NBA. He won Rookie of the Year in 2019 before making three All-Star appearances and earning three first-team All-NBA honors. Number 77 plans to be in the MVP conversation this season and earning his fourth first-team All-NBA honor would tie Luka with Dirk Nowitzki for the most in franchise history.

Doncic may have been the best player in the world during the playoffs, but where did he rank among ESPN’s top 100 countdown heading into the 2022-2023 season. The 23-year-old was fourth last year, and he only moved up heading into his fifth NBA season.

Luka Doncic jumps into the top 3 in ESPN NBArank

Doncic finished third on the back of leading his team to the conference finals. He was behind the only two players to win MVP in the last four years. Reigning two-time MVP Nikola Jokic was second with Giannis Antetokounmpo taking the top spot.

An MVP campaign in 2023 will have Luka in the conversation for the best player in the world right now, especially if the Dallas Mavericks make another deep playoff run. Most experts were down on the team’s offseason as Jalen Brunson departed in free agency, so Luka pushing them deep into the postseason would only strengthen his case for best player.

Luka Doncic is a special talent that just keeps improving. He could average 30 points per game this season or put up a triple-double every night, and none of it would shock fans. That is how crazy good number 77 is, and the rest of the league is not eager to face him. What will Luka do next? Stay tuned to find out.

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