Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has been unstoppable this season. He became the first player to top 1,000 points on the season in the team’s Christmas Day win over the Lakers, and Doncic has solved every defense. He is averaging over 32 points per game and doing it on the most efficient scoring of his career.
Doncic had not won Player of the Week until receiving the honors on Dec. 26. It counted his 50-point game against the Houston Rockets, and his 32-9-9 performance on Christmas Day as the Mavericks went 3-1 this week. Luka won Player of the Week three times last season, and it was the eighth time that he has earned the honor in his career.
Doncic won the Western Conference award with Pascal Siakam taking home the honors for the Eastern Conference. Here is a look back at his award-winning week before examining how many more Player of the Week awards the 23-year-old needs to hold the Mavericks franchise record.
Luka Doncic wins Western Conference Player of the Week for 8th time
Luka’s week started with arguably his worst performance of the season. He scored just 19 points in Minnesota, and it is still the only time this season that Doncic has scored fewer than 20 points. He bounced back with a 25-point double-double that fell one rebound shy of a triple-double as the Mavericks split their series with the Timberwolves in Minnesota.
Luka’s final two games of the week were his 50-piece against Houston and the 32-point outing on Christmas Day. He has been a finalist for Player of the Week several times, and Luka finally broke through on Dec. 26.
Dirk Nowitzki holds the franchise record with 16 Player of the Week honors over his legendary 21-year career. Luka Doncic is halfway there, and he has won three times in each of the last two seasons. Expect number 77 to earn the honors again this season as he makes his MVP and first-team All-NBA cases.
The Dallas Mavericks play just three times this week, and they should be favored in every game. Can Luka Doncic stay hot as the Mavs continue their winning streak? Be sure to tune in to find out.