While it might be premature to announce Luka Doncic this year’s Rookie of the Year, the lead he’s constructed is remarkable given the potency of this freshman course.
The 20-year-old is keeping historic firm. Now, if the campaign closed, he’d join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson since the only two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He ignored projections that were optimistic regarding his abilities out of the water. The Dallas Mavericks didn’t stop at one unicorn. They rolled the dice onto another before this deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he’s coming off an ACL tear and will not play with this season, before heading down, but he do stuff that is unseen.
Pairing Doncic and Porzingis collectively gives Dallas its long-awaited blueprint for its Nowitzki age, and the ceiling is high enough to turn that strategy.
“Dallas now has two players under the age of 25 who could be the best two players on a tournament team,” The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks wrote. “Just about every team in the league would kill for that chance.”
The Mavs also generated spending money for this summer, and also a bounce of a few ping-pong balls could keep their top-five-protected pick away from the Hawks. While factoring in the risks together with Porzingis, who is now a free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future seems bright.
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