The Dallas Mavericks continue to try to build a championship team around superstar Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old is on pace to be an all-time great and inner-circle Hall of Famer, but the organization has not found the supporting cast that helps the team go on a deep playoff run. They added a few pieces this offseason but struck out in landing another star.
Luka is unquestionably a top ten player in the league right now, but how high should he rank? The 6’7 lead ball-handler produces a stat line that few can match after two straight seasons ranking in the top 20 in the league in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Luka continues to improve his efficiency too. After making first-team All-NBA for two straight years does Doncic deserve to be a top-five player?
Sports Illustrated released the final part of their top 100 rankings on Sept. 23 with Kevin Durant taking the top spot. Where did Luka land?
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic named 6th best player by SI
Doncic jumped from ninth to sixth in this year’s rankings as he sits behind KD, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Nikola Jokic. Fans can debate about Luka being better than all of those players, and all of them are at least four years older than Doncic. The Mavericks superstar is on pace to be the best player in the NBA, and the organization believes that moment is coming sooner rather than later.
In my personal rankings, Doncic would sit inside the top five, but it is hard to quibble when talking about the best players in the NBA. Luka has a ton of unique qualities that make him special among even the league’s top talents, and it will be fascinating to see what the 22-year-old added to his game this offseason.
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