Luka Doncic has been making history with his statistical performances to start out the first 14 games of the 2019-2020 regular season. The offensive powerhouse put up 42 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists against the Spurs on Monday, becoming the second youngest player in history to record a 40 point triple double. The only younger player the King himself, LeBron James, who did it back in 2005 when he was 20 years old as well. Luka is nearly averaging a triple double with his 29.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 9.7 assists per game. The NBA has not seen an offensive prodigy like Luka since LeBron. One weakness of Doncic’s game is his defense but his offense more than well makes up for it on his team. Another impressive stat is his PER (Player Efficiency Rating) which is the best in the league at 33.28 showing that he is doing an astronomical amount for the Dallas Mavericks.
One can fully realize the impact of Luka’s improved stats by looking at Dallas’s team stats last year; the 2018-2019 season for the Mavericks was appalling having the third worst record in the entire league of 24-58. One bright thing that came from that season was the arrival of Kristaps Porzingis from the big DeAndre Jordan trade in early 2019. Porzingis was injured that entire season but the start of this season has proved that it was a good move for the future of the team. Porzingis combined with the rise of Luka has led to a major improvement from last season. Their record so far this year is 10-5, a huge step-up. A bright future is ahead for the Mavericks with the duo of Doncic and Porzingod. A Championship sometime in the next 5 to 10 years seems like a strong possibility for the franchise.