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Why Luka Doncic deserves 2022 NBA MVP votes

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic deserves MVP votes: 5. Elite stats

Doncic always puts up elite numbers, and they have only improved as the season has progressed. He is averaging 28.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.2 steals in 35.6 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent on his threes. When Luka is making outside shots, there is no way to defend him.

He is currently fifth in points, fifth in assists, and 20th in rebounds per game this season. Luka and MVP favorite Nikola Jokic are the only two players to rank inside the top 20 in all three categories. The Mavs star is also eighth in double-doubles produced and tied for fourth in triple-doubles.

He is seventh in the league with 26 30-point games, and fans are always tuning in to see what he can do next. Luka has scored 30-plus in five straight as he is playing his best basketball down the stretch and helping his team climb the standings.

Doncic leads the NBA in time of possession, and he is second in touches and drives per game. The 23-year-old superstar commands the ball. Every opponent knows he is going to have it in his hands, but no team can stop him because of his combination of scoring and playmaking.